In January, the Village of Midlothian, located in Chicago’s southern suburbs, took the groundbreaking step of adopting the nation’s first RainReady Plan. Midlothian residents have faced chronic flooding for decades, even in moderately sized rainstorms. Our RainReady program’s planning process – hailed as “transformative” in the Chicago Tribune – brought together residents, civic leaders, regional agencies and federal partners to identify community-scale solutions that will stem flooding and promote economic growth. We’re excited to announce that, thanks to funding from Cook County’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program, RainReady Community will expand to six of Midlothian’s neighbors in the Chicago Southland: Blue Island, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Dolton, Riverdale, and Robbins.
“The County is committed to helping communities increase resilience and reduce flooding problems,” said Susan Campbell, Director of the Cook County Department of Planning and Development…Please clickhere to read Molly Oshun’s post on the Intersections blog by CNT.
Become a RainReady Community Workshop If you are interested in learning more about the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s (CNT) RainReady program, don’t miss this opportunity! Learn how RainReady can help transform your community’s stormwater planning decision-making process and implement initiatives that simultaneously tackle urban flooding and build safer and more beautiful neighborhoods. WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE: DePaul University Naperville Campus – 150 West Warrenville Road, Naperville, IL 60563 Read more or register here.