January 8, 2014
Elmhurst Quarry is protecting the village of Elmhurst, Illinois, from Mother Nature again.
The quarry, built as a flood protection reservoir, served as a snow depository last week when about 10 inches of snow covered the ground in the city, the Chicago Tribune reports.
This isn’t the first time Elmhurst Quarry has cleared the village’s streets. In April, the reservoir took in at least 1.35 million gallons of water to protect Elmhurst from flood waters.
Jim Hirakawa, superintendent of streets, said in the Jan. 2 Tribune report that a shift of eight to 10 people, eight salt trucks and 12 snow plows were working to remove the snow, which was then taken to Elmhurst Quarry.
The reservoir is capable of holding up to 2.7 billion gallons of water.