Rep. Olsen Receives Unanimous Support on Legislation to Address Flooding in the Fox River Watershed

In response to widespread flooding in the collar counties in recent years, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) received unanimous House support Monday on legislation that would create a commission to seek out ways to mitigate flooding and address storm water management issues.

“Communities in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties have been especially hard-hit over the last several years by devastating floods,” said Olsen. “This commission will study and develop an integrated floodplain management coalition of the affected communities so they can jointly leverage community resources, and collaborate on flood preparedness, protection, response, recovery, future flood damage reduction, and necessary floodplain management education to mitigate future flooding events. They would also seek methods to help prevent future property damage and threats to public health.”

According to Olsen, if signed into law by the Governor, the Flood Control Commission created through SB 3134 would be chaired by the Illinois Director of Natural Resources or a designee. Membership would include:
  • Five members appointed by each of four legislative leaders of the General Assembly 
  • One member appointed by each of the chairmen of the DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry County Boards, and the County Executive of Will County upon the advice of the counties’ stormwater management planning committees 
  • One member appointed by each of the chairmen of the DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry County Boards and the County Executive of Will County upon the advice of a municipality in each of the counties 
  • The Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) or designee 
  • The Governor or designee 
The commission’s final report would be submitted to the General Assembly by the end of 2019.

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