Project Sponsors

Village of Riverside

Current Status

Plans and specifications are under development. 

The public expressed significant concerns with the project including hydraulic modeling accuracy, tieback, and real estate compensation values. A series of public meetings will be needed to communicate the final project layout and resulting real estate requirements. These requirements will include several residential parcels which may require condemnation proceedings to acquire. The Village board approved proceeding to construction, subject to their approval of the final project design. 

Project Description and Background

The project addresses overbank flooding along the Des Plaines River and was recommended as a part of the Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries Feasibility Study. Project features include raising an existing levee by 2 feet, constructing new floodwall segments on both ends of the existing levee to tie into high ground and a road closure structure at Forest Avenue.

In April 2013, a large storm event produced more than 9 inches of rain resulting in significant flooding throughout much of the Chicago metropolitan area including the Village of Riverside, which suffered significant damage when the existing Groveland Levee was overtopped. 


Project Authorization

Section 205, Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended; Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)

Project Manager

Felecia Cummings

Project Location

Riverside, Cook County, Illinois

Project Area / Photos

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