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  • Lake County stormwater presentation: Jul 8, 2014 12:07 PM
    The League of Women Voters-Illinois, the League of Women Voters-Lake County, and Faith in Place are co-sponsoring two presentations of “Stormwater From the Ground Up” on July 9 and July 31.

  • Lake Zurich village board approves more engineering work for flood-prone area Jul 8, 2014 5:34 PM
    Lake Zurich trustees have agreed to pay for engineering design work as part of an effort to stem flooding on the village’s east side. Vernon Hills-based Manhard Consulting Inc.’s design duties will address a proposal to increase storage capacity of a detention pond that collects stormwater for the Cedar Creek subdivision.

  • 4 Lindenhurst homes targeted for razing to curb flooding Jul 8, 2014 5:32 AM
    The Lake County Stormwater Management Agency plans to purchase four homes and three vacant lots in Lindenhurst as part of a voluntary buyout program to alleviate flooding. The village would pay 25 percent of the $917,227 cost for acquisition, demolition and related costs. “Those folks (homeowners) have all signed letters of interest and are on board,” Village Administrator Matt Formica said.

  • Chain O’ Lakes water level starting to fall, but more rain may be on the way Jun 26, 2014 3:11 PM
    More water is flowing out of the Chain O' Lakes than is flowing in, and officials from the Fox Waterway Agency are hopeful that storms will stay away long enough to lift boating restrictions on the Chain in the coming days.

  • Plan to ease flooding along Salt Creek is coming Jun 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Engineers will put together final blueprints for changes to the Busse Woods Dam in an effort to alleviate flooding along Salt Creek in Cook and DuPage counties. “Elk Grove has needed this for 55 years — almost 60 years — and will make sure it occurs,” Mayor Craig Johnson said.

  • State could change regulations to help limit flooding Jun 10, 2014 1:05 PM
    One of the best ways to curb flooding in the suburbs, an environmental advocate says, is to keep rainwater from going down the drain in the first place.

  • Potential for more flooding in Lake, Cook counties hinges on rainy forecast May 13, 2014 2:28 PM
    Some suburbs saw enough rain in the last two days to leave streets flooded and impassable, but meteorologists say there’s no need to break out the sandbags just yet. But officials are watching the rainy forecast to see if there’s a potential for a more serious flooding problem in the coming days.

  • Des Plaines flood buyouts could begin later this month May 8, 2014 5:49 AM
    Des Plaines officials could begin making purchase offers by the end of the month to owners of flood-prone homes as a part of a voluntary federal buyout program. The proposed 21 buyouts would be among the first in Des Plaines history, a city where major storms since 2008 have caused the nearby Des Plaines River to overflow its banks and leave many homes under water.

  • Des Plaines ordered to pay $1.15 million in flood suit May 2, 2014 5:26 PM
    A Cook County jury has determined that the city of Des Plaines must pay $1.15 million to the owners of an office complex that sustained flood damages when a lake used for stormwater retention overflowed its banks in 2011. The jury award to the owners of O’Hare Lake Office Plaza at 2300 E. Devon Ave. is in response to July 23, 2011, floods that damaged four office buildings.

  • Hoffman Estates plans drainage projects in older neighborhood Apr 29, 2014 9:39 AM
    With a change of policy and a new funding source, Hoffman Estates officials are hoping to quickly address drainage problems in the oldest part of the village. The move will allow the village to take on projects in the Parcel A subdivision, which is the only neighborhood in the village to have roadside ditches instead of curbs and gutters.

  • How to pay for drainage upgrades in flood-prone areas an issue in Lake Zurich Apr 25, 2014 10:29 AM
    While ideas have been floated on how to improve stormwater drainage in a flood-prone area on Lake Zurich's east side, questions remain on how to pay for what tentatively would be a nearly $3 million project. “I am adamantly opposed to putting another taxation on residents to fund this,” Trustee Jim Beaudoin said.

  • Blarney Island being raised above Chain flood levels Apr 18, 2014 5:14 AM
    When floodwaters crested on the Chain O' Lakes a year ago, Blarney Island owner Rob Hardman said the only place he was able to walk inside the century-old Grass Lake tavern was on the bar top. But the final phase of a plan to raise the whole bar above flood levels is set to begin. “When it's completed, it would take an absolutely catastrophic event for it to flood," Hardman said.

  • A year after floods, suburban homeowners ready to let homes go Apr 18, 2014 5:09 AM
    When Heather and Matthew Roppel were told early last year their Des Plaines home on Big Bend Drive was eligible for a voluntary federal flood buyout program, they were among the first to sign up. A year after the April 18, 2013, flood, the Roppels and 20 neighbors learned there's now funding available from FEMA to buy out their homes. “Quite honestly I can't live through it anymore,” Heather Roppel said.

  • Editorial: $200 million later, flood still hurts Apr 17, 2014 5:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial looks at the devastation from the floods of April 17-18 and the people still suffering its effects a full year later.

  • Support rising for couple with flood-ravaged mobile home Apr 17, 2014 3:29 PM
    Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Lutheran Trinity churches and others intent on moving the couple into a new mobile home. “If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all,” Whalen says.

  • Flooding survivor near East Dundee isn't moving Apr 17, 2014 5:27 AM
    In the year since firefighters rescued Barrie Komorski and her dog from their flooded house near East Dundee, Komorski hasn't had the best of luck, as she lost her unemployment benefits and now struggles with her health. Yet Komorski hasn't lost her main symbol of independence, which is her home in a notorious flood plain. She has no plans to leave the place she's called home for 18 years.

  • Memories of Lisle flood ‘nightmare’ vivid a year later Apr 17, 2014 5:23 AM
    If the sound of rain ever was calming to Debra Schulz of Lisle, it sure isn’t now. It hasn’t been for the past year. Because a year ago today, Schulz and thousands across the region awoke to devastating flooding after an overnight storm poured more than seven inches of rain on areas of DuPage County. “Now, every time it rains, I undoubtedly will have another nightmare that we’re being flooded again,” Schulz said.

  • Isabella area sewer work delayed to 2015 Apr 9, 2014 3:27 PM
    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.

  • Fermi hosts annual seminar on severe weather, climate change Apr 5, 2014 7:12 PM
    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.”

  • Group to talk flooding Mar 30, 2014 5:09 PM
    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.

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