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updated: 4/23/2013 11:24 AM

City Releases Inspection Information: Flood Affected Dwellings

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Karen Kozenczak

As the result of the flooding that occurred between April 17 and 19, 2013, City staff will need to inspect homes and businesses throughout the community for evidence of substantial damage. This evaluation is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is required by Title 14 (Flood Control) of the Des Plaines City Code. These inspections apply to all damaged structures and structures within the designated floodplain as shown on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Des Plaines dated August 19, 2008. This process is legally required but also critical to protect the property and the safety of residents.

The City inspectors will require approximately 15 to 20 minutes at each property to inspect for exterior and interior damage. They will record the required information used by the City of Des Plaines Community and Economic Department (CED) along with the City of Des Plaines Engineering Department for making substantial damage determinations. After the City has completed the determination process, a written determination will be mailed to the owners of the inspected structures.

Please be advised that all repairs, reconstruction, and new construction will require a permit, and the permit process will be expedited to the greatest degree possible. The permit requirement is critical for City compliance with FEMA and flood insurance regulations and is important to insure that repairs are conducted safely and in accordance with the Building Code.

Your cooperation is requested during this difficult time. Questions regarding the inspection process may be directed to the Community and Economic Department at 391-5380 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.