2010 Flood update
The village left the National Flood Insurance Plan in the late 80's. After the recent flood, the second in the last 10 years, the village board met with FEMA representatives to discuss rejoining the plan. The board acquired legal representation to prepare the necessary paperwork. In late December, a FEMA representative came and spoke with residents at a town hall meeting at village hall. During the meeting the FEMA representative mentioned there has been commercial construction in the flood zone while the village has been out of the plan. He indicated that some of that work did not meet FEMA guidelines for building within a flood zone. He indicated current FEMA regulations require all work done after a municipality leaves the flood plan to be brought up to current standards before the municipality can be returned to the plan. This is done to prevent municipalities from leaving the plan, doing construction and then rejoining.
In February, the village hired engineering firm Fehr & Graham to work with FEMA engineers to perform a hydraulic study of the area in question, as required by FEMA. Fehr & Graham engineers worked with the IDNR, IEPA and FEMA during February and March. On March 28th a formal permit application was filed with IDNR. IDNR reviewed the initial application and approved it. The affected property owners were concerned with the amount of their property affected so the village met with Fehr & Graham and had the plan adjusted and resubmitted to IDNR & FEMA. The plan was once again approved and bid letting was advertised in the local media on June 2nd. Bids were due June 23rd and a special board meeting was held to award the bid. On June 23rd the bid was awarded to the low bidder, Loberg excavating. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of July 11th. We would then anticipate the IDNR to review the work and submit their approval to FEMA in mid-August and FEMA to allow us back into the NFIP in early September. The above timeline makes numerous assumptions and is most likely a best case scenario. The board views this as our number one priority and are working hard to rejoin the NFIP.
The village board also currently worked with FEMA officials for federal assistance on the costs the village experienced during the flooding. These costs range from damaged infrastructure, such as generators and pumps, to the $10,000 cost of supplying dumpsters to residents to aid in the cleanup. The village has received full payment from FEMA on all of these costs.