Weeks after parts of Lincolnshire flooded following heavy rains, village officials want local residents to help them develop a prevention and response plan for the future.
Organizers especially want to hear from people who experienced flooding at their homes, whether it was due to water accumulating in their backyards or the Des Plaines River or a local creek overflowing its banks.
"We want to find out from everyone what they think we did right, what they think we did wrong and what they think we can do different," Mayor Brett Blomberg said.
Eight homes were damaged by the spring floods, officials said, resulting in about $250,000 in property loss.
An inaugural meeting is set for 7 p.m. June 20 at village hall, 1 Olde Half Day Road. The meeting will be open to any Lincolnshire residents or business owners, as will any future gatherings.
The goal is to develop a flood hazard mitigation plan. The team will identify steps that can be taken to prevent flood damage and ways to improve safety during a natural disaster, officials said.
Blomberg is particularly interested in landscaping ideas that can help people keep their homes dry, such as adding bushes or berms.
"You're building a mini levee around your home (with a berm)," Blomberg said.
Such steps could reduce the need for emergency sandbagging, too, he said.
As part of the undertaking, village officials will consider landscaping changes on town property, Blomberg said.
A public information program also will be developed. That effort will be designed to better inform people about the steps they need to take to protect themselves before, during and after a flood.
A flood insurance promotion strategy will be developed, too, officials said.
Village officials are not considering buying homes in flood-prone areas, as has happened in other communities along the Des Plaines River.
"We're nowhere near that," Blomberg said.
For more information and updates, visit village.lincolnshire.il.us.