Village of Winnetka
All residents can assist the Village of Winnetka’s efforts to prevent and minimize flooding in Winnetka by doing the following:
If your home or property is experiencing flooding in the form of ponding water, basement flooding by surface waters, seepage or through the floor drains, there are certain steps you can take to help minimize the problem.
It is important to note that any alteration to a structure or land requires a permit from the Community Development Department be issued with approval by the Public Works Engineering Division. Also, ANY alteration, regrading or filling in the flood plain requires a permit.
During a storm or flood event, please keep the following safety precautions in mind:
The Illinois Drainage Law states that landowners must accept the advantages or inconveniences of drainage that nature places upon their land. One of the most important principles of the Illinois Drainage Law is that owners cannot adversely alter drainage and that owners of lower ground must receive surface water that naturally flows onto it from higher ground. Where the natural flow is from one tract across another tract, the higher land is the dominant tenement, and the lower land is the servient tenement. Owners of dominant tenements have legal rights to have water drain off their lands. Owners of servient tenements have the duty of not obstructing the natural flow.
A landowner has no right to obstruct the flow of surface water. Under Illinois law, the owner of lower land has no right to build a dam, levee, or other artificial structure that will interfere with the drainage of higher land. In fact, the willful and intentional interference by an owner of lower land is considered a petty offense and is punishable by a fine. This is in addition to private lawsuits that the owners of affected properties may file.
510 Green Bay Rd. Winnetka, IL 60093
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