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McCook Levee, Illinois

Sponsor: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC)

Authority:
Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (P.L. 80-858), as amended

Project Description:
In partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District (USACE) is conducting a Feasibility Study to address flood risk in the Villages of McCook, Lyons, and Summit, Ill. While two existing levees, locally named the “McCook Levee” and the “West Lyons Levee,” are providing some level of protection for these communities, flooding risk remains due to overtopping risk, risk of breach prior to overtopping as a result of seepage, and a lack of maintenance and repair of the existing structures. Significant flooding was experienced behind the McCook Levee portion of the project area during a record flood event in April 2013. The source of flooding was identified as levee overtopping. Levee assessments conducted by USACE have identified stability and seepage issues with both structures in their current conditions, and the associated risk of levee failure is considered to be high. The recommended plan will repair and improve the existing McCook Levee in two segmented sections and the West Lyons Levee along its approximately 1,400 foot alignment.

The McCook and West Lyons levees are located on the west bank of the Des Plaines River in western Cook County, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The area at risk of flooding includes industrial and residential areas within the Villages of McCook, Lyons, and Summit, Ill. The area potentially impacted by flooding by possible failure or overtopping of the McCook Levee is entirely industrial. The industries include a recycling company, repair shops, trucking and intermodal facilities, manufacturing operations, and an oil and fuel handling facility. The area potentially impacted by flooding by possible failure or overtopping of the West Lyons Levee is entirely residential.

Current Status:  
The Detailed Project Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment, documenting the study process and recommendations, was released for public review and comment on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Comments must be received by Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Comments can be submitted via email to ChicagoDistrict.Pao@usace.army.mil or via postal mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, ATTN: Planning Branch (McCook Levee), 231 S. LaSalle Street (Suite 1500), Chicago, Illinois, 60604. Questions can be directed to the Public Affairs Office at (312) 846-5330.

Public Meeting:
A public meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the McCook Village Hall, 5000 Glencoe Ave., McCook, Ill. 60525. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public with information about the project and seek input from members of the community and other stakeholders on the recommended plan.

Project Manager

Natalie Mills