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Urban Flooding a Big Problem in Illinois

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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Flooding in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines

A report from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said damage from urban flooding (flooding on higher ground outside a flood plain) caused more than $2 billion worth of damage between 2007-2014 in Illinois.

The report offers 33 recommendations to address the problems including more awareness, more local government oversight and a tax on homeowners insurance to help fix problems.

Urban flooding is most notable for flooded streets and flooded basements, especially due to storm sewer backups.   This type of flooding occurs in all of the counties in Illinois and usually happens in older sections of town where the infrastructure is old and also in subdivisions that were built in the 1950's and 1960's.

Bill Wheelhouse spoke with the authors of the report:

Harvest Public Media’s reporter in Springfield, Ill., comes to Harvest with a background of covering state government and rural issues. For the past eight years, Bill was general manager of public radio station WUIS in Springfield. Prior to that, he spent a decade as State Capitol bureau chief for Illinois Public Radio. During his time in the Illinois statehouse Bill won several awards including Best Investigative Reporter from the Associated Press and Best Statehouse Beat Reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors in 2004. Bill also spent eight years as News Director at WIUM public radio in Macomb, Ill., and is a past president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.