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The Engineering Section’s mission is to ensure new development, redevelopment, as well as public facilities, are designed and constructed to the highest standards.  The mission is also to provide direction and planning assistance in the maintenance of public facilities.  This work is undertaken to ensure residents are provided with the most highly desirable and dependable public facilities and resources.

Benchmarks

You can obtain The City of Lake Forest benchmark locations and elevations by clicking here to view our benchmark map.

Construction Updates

For locations of construction projects currently underway throughout the City, please click here.

Flood Zone Information

The City of Lake Forest is a participating member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Anyone can purchase flood insurance through their local insurance agent via the NFIP. There is a 30 day waiting period for flood insurance coverage to begin. A property located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) has a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood over the life of a 30-year mortgage. Your homeowner’s insurance WILL NOT cover flood damages. This is why flood insurance is mandatory for all federally backed mortgages, when the property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). For information about flood zones, contact the Engineering Section at 847-810-3554.

FEMA Links

Click here to visit the FEMA Map Service Center to view and print the flood map for your property.

News Release from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Protect Your House from Flooding

For additional information regarding flooding, please visit the FloodSmart website.

Drainage Information

Did you know that about 20% of the land in the U.S. is affected by excess water that can damage homes and property? The good news is that there are signs a homeowner can look for, situations to avoid and solutions that reduce drainage problem. The City has developed a brochure to assist residents in understanding their drainage problems and to provide possible solutions to reduce those problems. A copy of the brochure can be downloaded by clicking here. If you need assistance, please call Engineering at 847-810-3556.

In most cases, the private property owner is responsible for maintaining the portion of the drainage system located on their property and solving localized problems. There are many ways to improve drainage. Some are simple and inexpensive, while others are more complex and costly. If you plan to contract out the work, be sure to get more than one estimate and carefully evaluate different alternatives.

Sidewalk Replacement

Each summer, the Engineering Section undertakes sidewalk repairs.  To report damaged areas, please contact Engineering at 847-810-3552.

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600

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