Updated Oct. 10, 8:40 a.m.
Permit Fees Waived for Flood Damage Repairs in September Storms
Do you need to make repairs to your property due to flood damage from the heavy rains in September?
The Lake County Planning, Building and Development (PBD) will waive all permit fees associated with repair work to structures and top-dressing of damaged surface grading in the unincorporated areas of Lake County necessitated by direct damage from flood waters, retroactive from Sept. 16 to Nov. 1, 2019.
In certain cases, including a verified delay in insurance claim approval, this deadline may be extended. For more information, contact PBD at 847-377-2600.
Illinois Counties Receive Declaration of Disaster Related to June 2019 Storms
Lake County residents who experienced significant flood damage from the severe storms on June 26, 2019 may be able to apply for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help with damage repairs. The SBA recently approved a request from Illinois to assist people and businesses in northern Illinois impacted by the June storm, which resulted in torrential rain and severe flash flooding that caused damage to more than 200 homes. The approved SBA disaster declaration makes low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses. While the majority of the damage occurred in Will and Cook counties, properties in Lake County that were affected by the storm on June 26 may qualify for the SBA disaster loan. For more information, contact the SBA at 202-205-6734 or visit their website. The application deadline is Nov. 25, 2019. Please note: this only applies for the June 26, 2019 storm event. The September storms are not covered under this declaration.
Residents who do not qualify for the SBA disaster loan may have other options like the Stormwater Management Commission’s voluntary floodplain buyout program. Lake County residents who have homes that are repeatedly damaged and are interested in looking into a buyout for their property can contact Sharon Osterby at 847-377-7706 or via email at SOsterby@lakecountyil.gov.
Wells, Septic and Health Safety
Floodwaters often contain organisms that cause illness. Remember to wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water immediately following contact with floodwater or contaminated objects or surfaces. If you become ill after exposure to flooded areas, (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps), see your physician.
Residents are advised to not drink water from a private well that has been flooded. The water may be contaminated with bacteria and other contaminants. Use bottled or disinfected water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, washing hands and bathing until you know your water is safe.
Once floodwaters have receded, free well water testing is available for residents of the following areas in the Antioch Township and Fox Lake Area:
- Stanton Point Road
- Knollwood Park Subdivision
- Meyers Bayview Terrace and Eagle Point Rd. (east side of Pistakee Lake)
- Fox River Springs Subdivision (Route 173 and N. Converse Road along the Fox River)
- Channel Lake Shores Subdivision (north side of Channel Lake)
- ChannOaks Subdivision (southeast shore of Channel Lake and Route 173)
If you live outside these areas and know your well was submerged in floodwater, you are also eligible for a free test.
Residents with impacted wells can pick up a sterile bottle and lab form at the Lake County Central Permit Facility (500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville), Antioch Township Office (1625 Deep Lake Rd., Lake Villa), Antioch Assessors Office (1490 Main St., Antioch), and Village of Fox Lake Office (66 Thillen Drive, Fox Lake).
Heavy rains and floods can also prevent the proper operation of septic systems. Waste water from malfunctioning septic tanks seeping into the ground can contaminate surface water and ground water. If you use a septic system at your home, take the following precautions:
- Avoid contact with septic system electrical devices until they are dry and clean.
- Reduce nonessential water use (e.g., dishwashing, washing clothes, showering).
- Flush toilets as little as possible or use a temporary toilet.
- Consult with a licensed septic system professional before pumping out septic tanks, aerobic units, lift stations, or holding tanks.
- If you suspect your septic system has been damaged, get the system professionally inspected and serviced. A list of septic system professionals can be found at: www.lakecountyil.gov/818/Onsite-Wastewater-Treatment-System
If you have questions or concerns about your private well or septic system, contact Environmental Health Services at (847) 377-8020.
If your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, contact your insurance company to determine coverage and start the claim process.
Residents should complete emergency clean-up activities that may include removing water damaged property (carpeting, cabinets, etc.). Once the flood water recedes, contact your local municipality or the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department (for unincorporated residents) to inquire about a permit to do additional repairs, such as replacing drywall. This is important because officials may need to inspect impacted facilities to determine applicable regulations. Be sure to document your flood damage with pictures and keep all receipts related to the clean-up and repair of your property.
Sandbags and Clean Up Kits
Residents in need of sandbags or clean up kits should contact their local municipality or township office. Sandbags can act as a barrier to divert floodwaters and prevent or reduce flood damage at your home.
Waste and Debris
Residents should contact their village for waste and debris collection information. Those living in unincorporated Lake County should contact their hauler/waste management services provider.
Watch for updates on Lake County's Facebook page and on this page. Lake County will continue posting information as the situation develops.
Knowing the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning, finding out how to get emergency alerts, reviewing flood insurance policies, and protecting your property are all ways to prepare for flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides flood safety tips that residents should know before, during, and after a flood.
- See If Your Property Is in a Floodplain
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Protecting Building Utilities From Flooding
- Red Cross hotline: 847-220-7495
- Salvation Army donation hotline: 1-888-369-1349