Flooded Lake County declared 'disaster area'

Full story: Chicago Tribune

With an estimated 100 homes already damaged by floodwaters along the Fox River and Chain O' Lakes near Antioch - and more flooding forecast for early next week - officials on Friday issued a disaster ...
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Nevada CCW

Rockford, IL

#1 Jun 13, 2008
Bob O'Day, you are the man. Take care of that wall and have a beer when the water starts going down.


#3 Jun 14, 2008
Gee, do you think {maybe - if only once in a great while} that paving over all of the rich farm-lands in northeastern Illinois to build McMansions, strip-malls, shopping centers and other such land-cover on a flood plain MIGHT have something to do with all of this flooding {year after year - and getting worse and worse}? Gee, do you think?
Of course, developers aren't being charged for the costs of building drainage {real and/or effective} when they make their quick bucks in Lake County. It's pathetic, where there were once rolling hills and farms now stand mega-outlet malls and other such...crud. Going north from Chicago takes you into one metraplex that's now - essentially, merged with Milwaukee and/or toward Madison. Harvard - a 'suburd', give it a rest. Exurbia has nothing to offer but cheap {in the short term} dirt. There is no infrastruture and the taxpayers will wind up footing the bills for this reckless development. Widening roads, from two lanes, to four, to six and even to eight going east and west [Lake Cook Road, Route 22, etc, etc] to support the idiotic development westward in regions beyond Bufflao Grove, Long Grove, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, etc, etc, are insane. The countless accidents {some deadly} on the Eden's Spur north of Dundee and South of Deerfield Road, are representative of simply too much traffic being squeezed into too little space. Road construction all over Lake County {bigger, wider, louder} isn't only a near term expense [and danger], they'll be continuing maint' requirements, noise, pollution and water with nowhere to go - but into basements, onto roadways, under overpasses, etc, etc.
Won't someone just say no? No more development in Lake County! Stop the idiotic, greedy, self-destructive and absurd development! Besides which, wait until the law suits start rolling in from those down-stream, after all, when you take away natural flood plains and cause [that's right,'cause'] waters to flow where they would not have naturally flowed to before your intervention, there's liability. Not only is there liability when you detour waters elsewhere, but, when manmade lakes [like Delton] overflow their embankments and do damage to other properties, there's strick liability. It's the rule in Ryland v. Fletcher - look it up. If you introduce something onto your land that doesn't naturally occur there and it escapes and does damage, you're FULLY responsible for the full extent of the damage - foreseeable or not. Simply, a lake, retention pond, reservoir, etc, that are not naturally occuring, if/when breached and the ensuing waters damage other people's property - those who built 'em are liable. It's time to break out the Tort law books and to start suing everyone responsible for their deeds and consequences. Lake Geneva/Delton - look out; whatever municipal authority constructed Lake Delton is in for a real butt-kicking {economically}, since there's no way you've got enough liability coverage, you're about to be bankrupted by verdict. As if the loss of sales-tax revenues won't be enough, once the rule in Rylands v. Fletcher is applied - you're done for. The same goes for all entities that have contributed to man-made issues that cause damage to others.
Think - before you build, and stop paving over natures sponge.
Dumb is as dumb does / allows and Lake County's out of control.

Bloomingdale, IL

#4 Jun 14, 2008
Looks like we gotta go somewhere else in Lake County to powder our noses this weekend.

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