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Basement and street flooding from heavy rain in Chicago and 36 suburbs could be reduced thanks to the McCook Reservoir, which dignitaries dedicated on Monday.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the big hole, which could provide relief from Bedford Park to Wilmette.
The 285-feet deep McCook Quarry now will become a reservoir for floodwater and is the latest addition to the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP). The massive flood and pollution relief effort was started over four decades ago by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD).
Preckwinkle joined more than a dozen others who jumped into the river at Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to prove the river is safe for people with normal immune systems. Preckwinkle said the event is “a long overdue effort to help cleanup the river.”
The “Big Jump,” hosted by Friends of the Chicago River, was intended to highlight the steps taken to improve the river’s water quality.
不受大部分民眾認可的芝加哥河，到底乾不乾淨？包括伊利諾州國會眾議員夏考斯基(Jan Schakowsky)、麥克逵利(Mike Quigley)及州眾議員馬靜儀、庫克郡郡長普瑞科溫可(Toni Preckwinkle)、芝加哥市區長蘇禮仕等10多名官員、民代，16日上午從華埠譚繼平公園齊跳下河，藉此證明河水品質大幅改善，「下河游泳」夢想指日可待。
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and about a dozen other elected officials will jump into the weekend, literally, by taking a plunge Saturday morning into the Chicago River.
The high-profile antics are as part of a fundraiser aimed at boosting efforts to improve the quality of the river’s water, which many Chicago residents, familiar with the river’s reputation, have made a habit of avoiding.