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There are four main sources of flood hazard in Wheeling; the Des Plaines
River, Buffalo Creek (Wheeling Drainage Ditch), McDonald Creek and the
William Rogers Memorial Diversion Channel. Each of these sources has its
own floodway and floodplain. Flooding in these locations has typically
occurred in the spring or the fall.
When flooding cannot be
prevented, the Village takes several steps to reduce the flood's impact. Before
a project is constructed, Village Staff works with the developer to
ensure that the proposed project minimizes the impact to adjacent
properties. A new project must meet the guidelines established in the
Village Code, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Metropolitan
Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC), and other
regulations established at the state and federal levels.
Village participates in the voluntary auditing Community Rating System
(CRS) program sponsored by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
The CRS program is used to assure our residents that the Village meets
or exceeds the minimum requirements of the NFIP; which entitles a
discounted annual Flood Insurance rates for the residents.
development within the floodplain requires a
Floodplain Development Permit. This is a separate permit from the
Building and Construction Permit. Please visit our
Building in the Floodplain page
to find out if a permit is required.
The Engineering Division
within Community Development Department maintains current FEMA maps
(Link to FEMA maps by address) and assists residents, contractors,
realtors and engineers in determining whether a piece of property lies
within a floodplain or not. Please contact the Engineering Division at
(847) 459-2620 for assistance regarding floodplain information.
Click Here to find out if a
flood is approaching the Village of Wheeling.