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  • Isabella area sewer work delayed to 2015Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The heavy snow cover of the just-past winter will prevent Mount Prospect from completing the Isabella area sewer improvement project this year, and instead it will be pushed to 2015, Mount Prospect Public Works Director Sean Dorsey told the village board this week.

     
  • The annual Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar drew an overflow crowd Saturday who had to watch WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling’s presentation outside a Fermilab auditorium.

    Fermi hosts annual seminar on severe weather, climate changeApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The enthusiasm to hear bad weather news was so great at Saturday's Tornado and Severe Storms seminar, an overflow crowd had to watch a televised version of WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling’s presentation outside Ramsey Auditorium. Lombard resident Jim Leyland and his grandson, Josh McGregor of North Aurora, were among the lucky ones who got a seat. “We want to learn about tornadoes and climate change,” said Leyland, who referred to Skilling as “Mr. Weather.”

     
  • Some homeowners required to have federal flood insurance like Cheryl Brady of Wheeling have seen their premiums jump. A new law approved this month limits the size of annual increases.

    Suburbs hit with flood insurance rate increasesMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Homeowners in suburbs like Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Addison and Aurora who have to keep a close eye on rising waters nearby will also have to worry about rising flood insurance rates. How far or for how long the rates will climb is unclear. “With all these hurricanes and tornadoes, I’m sure FEMA’s struggling, but do you have to take it out on us?” one homeowner said.

     
  • Group to talk floodingMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Board’s planning, building and zoning committee will meet Tuesday to discuss a flood-relief plan for part of central Lake County.

     
  • The Wheeling Park District has opened its new athletic complex at the renovated Heritage Park. The complex, part of a $38 million park overhaul, features four athletic fields with artificial turf for baseball, softball, soccer and football.

    New turf fields open as Wheeling’s Heritage Park project continuesMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    A two-year effort to renovate Heritage Park in Wheeling took a significant step toward completion this week when the Wheeling Park District opened the park’s new athletic complex — a key component of the project. Evanston High School and Notre Dame College Prep played a baseball game on the fields Wednesday.

     
  • Des Plaines gets funds to tear down homes in flood plainMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines will receive $2.7 million in federal funds to tear down 21 homes in the flood plain along the Des Plaines River and replace them with open space, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday.

     
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department firefighters assist residents as the leave their homes last year due to flooding of the Des Plaines River.

    Ideal melt conditions allay flood fears in Lake CountyMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Because of an ideal snow melt, emergency management officials in Lake County are warily optimistic about short-term flooding chances. "The bottom line is that, so far, Mother Nature has been very kind to us," said Kent McKenzie, emergency management coordinator.

     
  • Chicago area gets $128 million in flood fundsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs has awarded $128.3 million in funding to communities in the Chicago area for recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding that began on April 18, 2013. Cook County will receive $54.9 million; Chicago, $47.7 million; DuPage County, $18.9 million; and the state, $6.8 million. “Last April’s severe storms caused some of the worst flooding that I have ever seen in the Chicago area," Sen. Dick Durbin said in announcing the relief.

     
  • Buffalo Grove may add stormwater feeMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Buffalo Grove is contemplating a stormwater utility fee. Public Works Director Mike Reynolds at the recent village board committee of the whole meeting, explained that, “Buffalo Grove and many communities in the Chicago area and statewide are experiencing increasing issues with flooding (and) drainage.”

     
  • Worried about water that was accumulating, Mike Hamlin, 26, of Schaumburg spent two hours Wednesday uncovering a sewer grate and clearing out the ice and snow where his driveway meets the street so that water from the melt would flow away.

    Suburbanites dig out storm drains as water threat buildsFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Welcome warmth was creating its own hazards Wednesday in the suburbs, as melting snow and ice left water in unwanted places. Mike Hamlin, 26, of Schaumburg, took the opportunity to chip and shovel out the ice and snow by his driveway, as his house sits on the low end of the road and water was building up. “It was a couple of inches deep — deep enough to cover my foot,” he said of the water backup.

     
  • The Harry Semrow Golf Driving Range in Des Plaines is one of two sites being proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a flood storage reservoir, part of a larger flood control plan along the Des Plaines River.

    Des Plaines driving range eyed for flood reservoirJan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Golfers at the Harry Semrow Golf Driving Range in Des Plaines could soon be launching golf balls onto an open field that doubles as a reservoir during local flooding. The driving range, a 37-acre site at Golf and Rand roads, was identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a possible location for a reservoir as one alternative to constructing a reservoir at historic Didier Farms near Lincolnshire.

     
  •  Flood waters from the Des Plaines River invade Old Grand Avenue in downtown Gurnee. The Lake County Forest Preserve District may invest $1.4 million to help fund an estimated $58 million in projects aimed at restoring natural habitats and reducing flooding along the river.

    $1.4M investment could yield bounty of projects in Lake County Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The work may not begin for awhile, but a contingent of Lake County Forest Preserve District officials are supporting a plan to invest $1.4 million of local taxpayer money to get an estimated $58 million in projects intended to address flooding and water quality issues along the Des Plaines River.

     
  •  An April rainstorm flooded a subbasement at Libertyville High School. Here, Assistant Fire Chief Ken Komers surveys the damage.

    Libertyville High School flood repairs approved Dec 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Eight months after a subbasement at Libertyville High School flooded during heavy rains, the District 128 board has approved a $650,000 repair plan. The Stuckey Construction Co. of Waukegan will perform the work during the upcoming winter break.

     
  • Mount Prospect hires engineer for flood control work Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mount Prospect has hired Downers Grove-based Burns & McDonnell to provide both design engineering and bidding assistance on the second phase of its flood control plan, at a cost not to exceed $407,540. “It is the opinion of staff that they are perhaps uniquely qualified to perform this work based on their experience in this particular problem and at this particular time,” Public Works Director Sean Dorsey said.

     
  •  A second front of clouds moves quickly over Randall Road from the west Sunday afternoon in St. Charles.

    Images: Strong storms hit Illinois Nov 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Storms hit the Chicagoland area causing area flooding and tornado warnings throught the suburbs. The Chicago Bears football game was delayed for over an hour due to the weather.

     
  •  People are rescued from a home’s rooftop in Austin, Texas, Thursday after heavy overnight rains brought flooding to the area. The National Weather Service said more than a foot of rain fell in Central Texas.

    Texas flooding kills 1, prompts dozens of rescues Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    One man was killed as heavy rains across Central Texas swelled rivers and creeks and triggered flash flooding Thursday, prompting dozens of rescues across a region that’s been dealing with a long, punishing drought.

     
  • Des Plaines homes to get some flood relief Oct 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    About a dozen Des Plaines homeowners whose properties are prone to flooding should get some relief, city officials say, after a new storm sewer is installed on their block. Work begins this week on installation of the 24-inch diameter underground drain pipe, which is intended to ease flooding on Clayton Lane, between Sioux Park and Central Road.

     
  • Because of opposition from property owners and local governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dropping a proposal to build a large reservoir on the Didier Farms property near Buffalo Grove, Village President Jeffrey Braiman said. The reservoir was part of a larger plan to curb Des Plaines River flooding.

    Objections lead Army Corps to drop plans for Didier Farms Oct 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Faced with opposition from local governments and property owners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dropping a controversial proposal to build a large reservoir on the historic Didier Farms site north of Buffalo Grove, according to Village President Jeffrey Braiman. “Because of the pushback from Didier, (Lake) county and us, (they) are taking it out of the plan,” he said.

     
  • Elk Grove, DuPage County team for flood control study Sep 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village and DuPage County plan to share the cost of an engineering study that examines flood control storage along Salt Creek. It’s one of the steps officials plan to take before modifications are made to the Busse Woods Dam, located near Cosman Road in Elk Grove Village, in an effort to alleviate flooding.

     
  • Up to $450 million in projects along the Des Plaines River from Riverside to southern Wisconsin has been suggested by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The work would take two decades to complete.

    27 Des Plaines River projects suggested to curb floods Sep 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    A federal study recommends $400 million to $450 million worth of projects aimed at limiting flood damage and restoring ecosystems along the Des Plaines River in Cook and Lake counties and southeastern Wisconsin. The recommendations heard at a Mount Prospect open house by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encompass 27 projects. "They have to do something. The levee in Des Plaines is like a godsend,” one resident said.

     
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