County Panel Drafts Rules to Help Control Flooding

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If there is one lesson to be learned from the 1996 flood, it's that flood waters don't follow boundaries.

The waters don't hold back just because one town has a stricter set of rules regulating how developers handle flood water or invade because another town's regulations are weak.

But Kane County Board members are hopeful that having developers follow the same rules will help hold back the flood waters.

Members of the board's executive committee Thursday reviewed an ordinance that would help enforce a two-year-old stormwater management plan and give developers the same guidelines for handling flood water. The full county board is expected to vote on the law at its Nov. 14 meeting.

"The main goal is to prevent future flooding," county board Chairman Mike McCoy said.

If approved, the ordinance would replace the 27 different municipal laws regulating stormwater management.

"It's uniformity," said Tim Harbaugh, director of environmental management for Kane County. "It levels the playing field. If you want to build in Kane County, here's what you have to do. There is no negotiating on stormwater. …