Flood Hazard Areas
Portions of the Old Town area are comprised of 100-year floodplain.
Carpenter Creek, Four Winds Way Creek and some of the property
surrounding the Fox River are all part of this floodplain.
Flash-flooding is the general type of flooding caused by Carpenter Creek
and Four Winds Way Creek. During a normal flood event, several inches of
rain in a few hour time period flows jeopardizes the Creek’s banks and
overflows generally in Carpenter Park and also in the Lincolnwood Manor
Flooding on the Fox River is normally a much slower event, and can be
better predicted in advance due to the river level gages located upriver
in Algonquin and further north. Since the Fox River begins near
Waukesha, Wisconsin, heavy rains in southern Wisconsin can significantly
raise the river level here, even with minimal rainfall in the area.
Flood elevations reached the elevation of 718.3 at the Main Street
Bridge, just inches above the 10-year event level in August 2007. In a
100-year event storm, the Fox River would be at elevation 721.0 at this
same location, nearly three feet higher, with much more wide-reaching
flooding impacts if that should occur.
Information on whether your property is in the 100-year floodplain can
be obtained by coming into Village Hall. Maps are available to look at
as well as other flood-related information. The Village also has
Elevation Certificates for new development available back to 2006.
Contact the Engineering Department at 847-551-3480 for further