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Flooding & Flood prevention

The Village of River Forest has implemented assistance programs to reduce flooding of individual homes and, whenever applicable, assist residents who have experienced flooding.

Help prevent flooding

We suggest residents review the Flooding and Floodplain Brochure first, and some general tips on preventing flooding on your property. There are also specific programs the Village has developed to assist residents:

Resident Assistance Program- Protect Your Basement

The Village has funds available for a program designed to help subsidize the installation of eligible flood control improvements such as overhead sewers or backflow prevention valves. With these improvements, buildings can be protected against the occasional backup from the Village's combined sewer system. While all properties may be eligible to participate in the program, there are varying levels of funding available:

  • Standard Subsidy: covers 50% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum reimbursement of $4,000.
  • High-Risk Location: covers 80% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum reimbursement of $6,000.
  • High-Risk, Limited Access: covers 80% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum reimbursement of $7,500.

Click here to review an Informational packet regarding the program details.

Contact Public Works if you have additional questions.

Senior Basement Protection Program

The Village has a grant program for senior citizens who are unable to afford the cost of a basement protection system for their residential sewer lines. The Senior Basement Protection Grant will work with the existing "Protect Your Basement" Program. Senior citizens who qualify will be eligible to have the remaining cost paid for by this grant. 

In order to qualify, senior citizens must meet the following criteria:

  • Qualify under the current regulations for the Village’s "Protect Your Basement" Program
  • Be age 65 or older
  • Have a total household income of $55,000 or less for the previous tax year and provide proof of income or other significant financial hardship
  • Be the owner of the property
  • Use the property as principal place of residence

Senior basement protection program guide

Senior basement protection application

Help deal with flooding

Review safety tips if you experiencing flooding. The following program is also available to assist in some cases:

Pump Loaner Program

The Village has a Pump Loaner Program to assist residents experiencing rear yard flooding associated with heavy rains and snowmelt. Rear yard flooding can approach foundations/basement windows which could cause basement flooding. The Village has three electric submersible pumps and makes them available to residents interested in pumping surface water out of rear yards.

Important Pump Loaner Program information:

  • These loaner pumps are for outdoor use only.

  • Pumps are available on a first come-first serve basis and are equipped with instructions on how to set up and operate. The Village will maintain a waiting list during periods of high demand.

  • Residents must pick up and drop off the pumps at the Village Hall (400 Park Avenue).

  • Residents are required to fully execute this Hold Harmless Agreement.

  • Pump systems will be loaned out for a period of 24 hours and must be returned within that timeframe and in working condition. A $100 fine will be assessed for returning the pump and all accessory equipment late.

To participate in this program, residents should contact the Village to request the use of a pump. Contact information is as follows:

  1. Call 708-366-7629 (Fire Department) any time, even on weekends and holidays.