Village of Arlington Heights

Village Response To Flooding


Village Response To Flooding

The Village subscribes to a local weather forecasting service and closely monitors upcoming weather conditions. Preparation for any significant rain event begins long before the first raindrops fall. Creeks, bridges and other drainage facilities that are prone to clogging with debris are inspected ahead of time to be sure that they are cleared. Storm sewer inlets and low-lying streets in neighborhoods where flooding results in property damage are checked and the inlets cleared and/or the streets cleaned. Barricades for street closures where major flooding has occurred in the past are locally staged for erection in case they are needed. Public Works vehicles also carry barricades on-board so they can be quickly erected where needed. Critical facilities such as sanitary lift stations are inspected and the operation of emergency power generators is pre-checked. Public Works staff is either kept on duty or placed on emergency call so they are available before the rains start.

In the event of a major flood the Village will take the following actions;
  • Village staff including Public Works personnel  and employees from other Village departments will be notified and dispatched throughout the Village to attend to critical facilities and respond to emergency calls.
  • The Village Emergency Preparedness Plan will be implemented when necessary.
  • Information and flood data is collected both during and after any flood event and is evaluated to see if steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate future flooding.
However, you the property owner are responsible for protective measures for your individual home and property, including sandbagging, pumping, turning electricity off, etc. The Village has a supply of sand and sand bags at its Public Works Facility at  222 N. Ridge Avenue. Residents can request sand bags from the Public Works Department. Sufficient time should be allotted for this activity. Any sand bagging operation undertaken by Village staff is for protecting public property or a larger area, not individual homes.

To wait until a flood is happening is not the best time to begin protecting your home. There are several ways to protect your home in advance from flood damage. The Building Department 847-368-5560 can assist you in identifying methods that might be appropriate for your property. The following websites are excellent guides in assisting you in identifying your specific flooding problem and what methods are available for protection.


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