The City of Wheaton is starting a new program to help residents reduce flooding or standing water in their yards that occurs after significant rainfall, making part of their yards unusable. This shared-cost program will reimburse up to 50% of the cost, up to $5,000, for property owners to have a contractor install a private storm sewer in their yard that connects to the City’s storm sewer system.
Interested residents must submit an application for this program between now and Feb. 1, 2023. This is not a first-come, first-served program; instead, the City will accept applications now through the Feb. 1, 2023 deadline and will then award funding to projects based on a set scoring system. Scoring is based on factors including the depth of a depressional area served by the proposed private storm sewer, and the number of neighboring properties that would benefit from the proposed storm sewer. Pre-approval from the City is required, and this program does not apply to work that has already been completed.
The City will award as many grants as possible until the allotted yearly budget has been spent, which for 2023 is a total of $50,000. Residents whose project are not selected for this year’s program can reapply for consideration in the following year’s program.
This program is part of the City’s Strategic Plan aimed at providing relief to property owners experiencing flooding on private property.
Please see full details in the program packet and application.