At times flooding can be predicted days in advance, giving ample warning for preparation and evacuation. However, in the event of a flash flood due to large storms or ice jams, you may be the first to notice the oncoming situation. Residents are encouraged to notify the Police Department of flooding conditions and the police will contact the city’s Emergency Management Agency. For additional information on local conditions, listen for radio and television alerts, and check the weather online.
Reduce damages on property that is susceptible to flooding: Read more »
Because the City of St. Charles is a participating member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), any citizen can purchase flood insurance through a local agent via the NFIP.
When a severe storm hits, it can create potential electrical hazards for residents. Here are a few good reminders: Read more »
The National Flood Insurance Program requires that if the cost of improvements to a building or the cost to repair damages (from any cause) to a building exceeds 50% of the market value of the building (excluding land value), the entire building must be brought up to current floodplain management standards.
Building improvement projects include exterior and interior remodeling, rehabilitation, additions, repairs, and reconstruction projects. Read more »
St. Charles generally has not experienced wide spread damage due to flooding, there are local flood hazard areas throughout Kane County.
Flooding from the Fox River, Ferson Creek, State Street Creek, 7th Avenue Creek, and Norton Creek usually can be forecast in advance. However flash flooding along these rivers and numerous tributaries to these waterways may occur suddenly and unexpectedly. Read more »
March 17-24, 2014
Every year, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses Flood Safety Awareness Week to educate homeowners about flooding and how they can safeguard their lives and property.
All developments within the 100-yr. floodplain (not just construction of buildings, but filling, excavation, fences, etc.) are required to obtain a City of St. Charles Permit. Applications must be made prior to doing any work in a floodplain area. Contact the City of St. Charles Public Works Engineering Division for information at 630-377-4486 or visit the Floodplain page of our website. You may report illegal development activities to the above number as well.