Regarding Seasonal Storms and Related Flooding
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) Published May 19, 2020
The Chicago region continues to receive record setting rainfall. In 2019, the wettest May on record impacted the area with 8.25 inches of rainfall. This record was broken as of May 19th 2020, with a new record of 8.3 inches for the month of May, with 12 days remaining. Regional and nation-wide trends continue to track increased rainfall amounts, with the United States recording its second-wettest year on record in 2019. Additionally, since precipitation records began in 1871, four of the top five wettest years in Chicago have occurred in the last decade (Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2020).
- My street is flooded during a rainstorm. Why is this happening?
- I had a sewer backup into my home. Why did this happen and what can be done about this?
- If my sewer backs up, who do I call?
- Why doesn’t the Village replace all of its old combined sewers?
- I pay property taxes. Why don’t you use this money to prevent flooding?
- I have standing water in my backyard. Why is it there and how can I fix this?
- What is the Village going to do about standing water in my back yard?
- 8. Does the Village have any programs or assistance that can help me improve my property?
- What types of building restrictions are in place to help protect my property?
- Can stormwater from my roof gutter be directed to anywhere on my property?
- Why does the Village allow for new construction on properties that have held water in the past?
- Can I block stormwater runoff coming from my neighbor’s property?
- What action has the Village taken to help provide more space for stormwater?
- What plans does the Village have Village planning to help with ongoing stormwater challenges?
- Does the Village have a plan of action in response to a large-scale storm or flooding event? If so, what are the qualifications to activate a response?