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LAKE COUNTY SMC. June 6, 2013 Village of Riverwoods Mike Warner, P.E., CFM Executive Director. Managing Stormwater Countywide . SMC Mission “To provide desired community services toward the primary goals of flood damage reduction and surface water quality improvement.”.

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Lake county smc


June 6, 2013

Village of Riverwoods

Mike Warner, P.E., CFM

Executive Director

Managing Stormwater Countywide

Lake county smc

SMC Mission“To provide desired community services toward the primary goals of flood damage reduction and surface water quality improvement.”

  • April Flood Disaster Overview

  • Program Areas and Projects

  • Individual Property Flood Prevention

    • Green Infrastructure Improvements

    • Floodproofing

Lake county storms flooding april may 2013 key points

Lake County Storms & FloodingApril – May 2013 (Key Points)

  • Flooding impacts experienced countywide

  • Flooding wasn’t due to a single storm event

  • SMC role is to support communities

  • Using ALL resources available

  • Ongoing recovery efforts

Impacts to whole county


To Whole


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Gurnee – IL 120

Lincolnshire – IL 22

Gurnee des plaines river

Gurnee - Des Plaines River

Gurnee - Des Plaines River

Lincolnshire des plaines river

Lincolnshire – Des Plaines River

Lincolnshire – Des Plaines River

Response begins locally

Response begins locally

  • Municipalities and Townships are the first level of government to respond

  • The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is the county’s lead agency for flood response.

  • Daily flood briefings began on April 10th.

  • Coordinate with partners to make sure everyone is ready for possible flooding.

Lake county is fully engaged

Lake County is fully engaged

Municipalities are fully engaged

Stormwater Management, Emergency Management, Public Works, IT, LCDOT, Health Dept, Sheriff, Communications, County Administrator, County Board, Planning, Building, & Development, Finance

Municipal Departments:

Public Works, Police, Fire, Building, Elected Officials

Additional support

Additional Support

  • American Red Cross

  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency

  • Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force

  • United States Navy – Navy Station Great Lakes

  • Metropolitan Emergency Support Services

Disaster declaration may 10 2013

Disaster Declaration May 10, 2013

  • Lake County and ten other Illinois counties

  • Initially only for “Individual Assistance”

  • Disaster relief for residents and businesses

    1 - 800 - 621 - FEMA (3362)

  • Other programs may be added later

Smc programmatic areas

SMC Programmatic Areas

  • Watershed Planning

    • Stakeholder-driven, action plan to sustain/improve watershed/natural drainage system

  • Engineering

    • In-the-ground, cost-share/grant-funded projects

    • Green infrastructure, Best Management Practices

  • Regulatory

    • Preserve natural drainage system, encourage infiltration, prevent future problems

  • Public Information and Outreach

    • Watershed, drainage system mapping

    • Workshops/training, website, publications

In the ground projects

In-the-Ground Projects

Village of Bannockburn Rain Garden Initiative

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Deerfield High School Streambank, Swale and Woodland Restoration 319 IEPA Grant

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Deerfield Metra Station Rain Garden Project

319 IEPA Grant

Recognizing local initiatives

Recognizing Local Initiatives

Annual Stormwater Awards

2009 Community of the Year – Village of Bannockburn’s Rain Garden Program

2012 BMP Project of the Year – Deerfield High School

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Individual Property Flood Prevention

  • At home - Green Infrastructure Improvements

  • Floodproofing

  • Go over handouts

Green infrastructure gi improvements engineering with natural systems

  • GI is..

  • Is a stormwater management system

  • Provides multiple benefits

  • Aesthetic value

Green Infrastructure (GI) Improvements Engineering with natural systems

Rain gardens

Floodproofing sump pumps

  • Install a larger sump pump,

  • Add a secondary battery sump pump,

  • Be certain that downspouts are not connected to the footing drain,

  • Make sure downspouts and sump pump outfalls drain away from the house

  • (to a raingarden!)

Floodproofing – Sump Pumps

Floodproofing sewer backup protection

Floodproofing – Sewer Backup Protection

Floor Drain Float Plug

Floodproofing landscaped berm

Floodproofing – Landscaped Berm



  • Handouts!

  • Des Plaines Watershed Map – Educate/Enjoy/Explore

  • Home Flood Protection

    • Guide to Flood Protection NE IL

    • Repairing Your Flooded Home

    • Homeowners Guide to Retrofitting

  • Rain Gardens - How to Manual

  • Riparian Citizen’s Guide

  • Living With Wetlands

Lake County SMC

500 W. Winchester Rd., Suite 201

Libertyville, IL 60048


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