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Village ready to demolish flood-prone properties - Pearl City, Illinois
Fehr Graham has served the village of Pearl City for more than 38 years. As the village engineer, Fehr Graham is “on call” to address items as they arise. Fehr Graham has helped the village with water systems, wastewater systems, storm water drainage, roads, environmental, flood planning and emergency response, surveying and general community planning.

From 2002 to 2013, three severe floods caused significant damage to many residential and commercial properties within village limits. Prior to the flooding, the village had opted out of the National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, and lost eligibility for flood mitigation grant funding. 

The village embarked on the path to become reinstated in the NFIP. This involved a significant public investment to mitigate the effect of recent development in the floodplain by working with a private landowner to obtain easements for compensatory storage. Pearl City applied for – and received – Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, mitigation funds to acquire and demolish 23 flood-prone properties (19 residential and 4 commercial). 

With Fehr Graham’s assistance, the village was awarded $2.4 million in FEMA and Illinois DNR grant money to help buy out and relocate residents and businesses. Demolition is expected to start soon. Read The Journal-Standard article.

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Published: Oct. 9, 2017

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