Army Corp of Engineers releases flood plan for Des Plaines River

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers says it has a new flood-control plan that could prevent a repeat of last spring’s historic floods and millions of dollars of damage along the Des Plaines River.

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The agency has released a new list of flood control projects that includes removing several dams from the River.

It also includes new levees and flood walls in Des Plaines, River Grove, Riverside and near Schiller Park and Franklin Park.

The plans also calls for a new program in the Chicago area to pay half the cost to flood-proof individual homes, rather than buying up homes in flood-prone areas.

The plan also would restore almost 11,000 acres of wetlands and natural habitats to help soak up and slow the drainage of torrential rains.
The wishlist of 28 projects would take 20 years to build and cost $400 million.

Taxpayers would have to pay for all of the work.
The state of Illinois welcomes the plan but questions where the money would come to pay for it.

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