To help residents that are impacted by chronic backyard flooding, the Village offers a Backyard Drainage Grant. The grant is available for property owners who have flooding that remains for 72 hours or longer which affects at least two contiguous properties.
The Village Board adopted the Flood Susceptible Homes Redevelopment Program in 2022 to incentivize the replacement of single-family detached homes that have experienced severe and chronic flooding. The goals are to permanently eliminate flood damages to at-risk homes, improve the prospect of redevelopment in those neighborhoods, and reduce first responders’ time and expense.
Owners of single-family residences that are (a) located within a mapped or otherwise modelled and approved 100-year floodplain with First Floor Elevation as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) below the 100-year floodplain elevation, or (b) meet the DuPage Countywide Stormwater & Floodplain Ordinance definition of “Substantial Damage” due to flooding are eligible for the Program. Basement flooding solely due to a sanitary sewer backup is not eligible.
The process is as follows:
- The Community Development Department shall receive and evaluate program applications from property owner(s). Owner(s) must hold legal title to the property.
- Approved applicants can receive waived Village permit fees for demolition of the existing house and if applicable, also applicable building permit fees for the replacement home. In addition, demolition costs shall be reimbursed up to a maximum of $10,000. Approvals may stipulate that reimbursements are pending available budget in any given fiscal year. Approvals shall be valid for a period of four years.
- The Director of Community Development or their designee shall be responsible to determine eligibility, and appeals for disputing denial determinations may be made to the Board of Building Appeals.
- The determination of the First Floor Elevation may be based on building permit records as well as information submitted by a Licensed Surveyor or Professional Engineer. The 100-yr floodplain elevation is determined by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps or other information as determined by the Director of Community Development. The definition of “Substantial Damage” is per the DuPage Countywide Stormwater & Floodplain Ordinance. Photographic evidence of standing water in a yard above the First Floor Elevation may also suffice.
- The approval includes waiving any fee to increase the water service diameter.
- The approval to waive building permit fees does not extend to permits required from other authorities, notably DuPage County Stormwater Management.
Contact the Village’s Private Development Engineer at 630-620-5972 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.