Several of the Village’s efforts depend on each individual resident’s cooperation and assistance. Here is how you can help:

  • If your property is located next to a ditch, stream or river, please be aware that it is a violation of Village Code to dump materials such as: grass clippings, logs, waste, lumber, floatable materials, inoperable motor vehicles, nonmovable machinery and products; as well as hazardous materials which are flammable, explosive, toxic or which could otherwise be injurious to human, animal or plant life in the floodway. (Penalty for this violation is a $500 fine which can be assessed monthly until the violation is corrected.)

    • A plugged channel cannot carry water and when it rains the water can back up or divert to other areas causing flood damage. Every piece of trash or debris contributes to flooding. The materials collecting on your property, prior to a flood, can be swept downstream during a flood and the home you flood may be your own.

    • If you see dumping or debris in ditches, streams, rivers or detention basins contact the Public Works Department at 847.913.2380.

  • Be sure to check with the Community Development Department for proper permitting requirements prior to any alteration to your home or property. The permitting process provides protection for you and your neighbor!
  • If you see building or earth filling without a Village permit sign posted, contact the Community Development Department at 847.913.2318.

  • Take advantage of the information available to you either by talking with Village staff or reading literature provided at the Village Hall or the Vernon Area Public Library.

  • For additional information about protecting yourself from a flood, see attached newsletter.

Public Works staff continues to be involved with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission’s (SMC) Des Plaines River Watershed Planning Committee and attended a meeting on June 1st.  Property owners who live along the Des Plaines River are receiving notices regarding SMC staff’s efforts to perform field inspections of the Des Plaines River this summer and fall (attached).  These inspections will help SMC compile a report that will identify problems that exist within the Des Plaines River watershed and offer potential solutions to the identified issues that are consistent with the stakeholders vision for the watershed.  This study is evaluating the Des Plaines River from the Wisconsin state line all the way down to the Cook County Line.  Some of the major components that will be evaluated include water quality and flooding issues and region wide solutions to address these and other issues within the watershed.  For additional information visit Lake County Stormwater Management or email Wally Dittrich or call at 847-913-2387.

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