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Emanuel: New pipe will alleviate future flooding after heavy rainfalls

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Flood water devastated many parts of the Chicago area last week, leaving significant damage in its way.

Robert Auger moved to his Albany Park home in 2008 for a spectacular view of the Chicago River, but there's a sacrifice.

"Being the first house at the end of the block, I kind of wish that they would put sandbags out a little earlier, the night before and I started calling the alderman's office in the morning," said Auger.

Auger's basement has flooded twice in the last five years, including the aftermath of this week's downpour.

"Water started coming in the middle of the night and we got probably around ten inches in our basement which was better than last time," said Auger.

But still enough to leave significant damage behind.

"We're in the process of taking all of the rugs out of the basement and people are coming in and assessing, the adjustors, for insurance," said Auger.

Auger is just one of many, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes will benefit from a $55 million dollar underground pipeline that would move excess water from the north branch of the Chicago River into the North Shore Channel.

SEE: Emanuel: $55M pipeline aims to pull plug on NW Side flooding

Mayor Emanuel says this would fix a previous project that failed.

"In '08 we made a series of investments in the marshland, that was supposed to absorb the water and take care of that problem. It clearly, as you can see, from Thursday night, it did not work," said Mayor Emanuel.

"But this will," said Mayor Emanuel at a news conference Sunday with city leaders and Albany Park residents. The one-mile tunnel underneath Foster Avenue from Eugene Park to the North Shore Channel will is supposed to alleviate future flooding after heavy rainfalls.

"So the storm water will be diverted out of this neighborhood," said Chicago Department of Water Management Commissioner Thomas Powers.

"So I think that could actually make a difference for this area and I wish they had done that the last time instead of this little project they did across the street which helped a little bit but not with this much water," said Auger.

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