Flooding and Drainage Complaints
In the IL Drainage Code; it references 'natural pathways of drainage'; and this refers to pathways created overtime by the movement of water across low lying areas. Water tends to take the path of least resistance and will eventually erode its own path. Drainage easements, ditches, man-made bioswales or man-made channels are not considered 'natural' pathways of drainage and should be maintained by the municipality or township road or highway department jurisdiction it is in. In some cases, IDOT may be responsible for the maintenance of these man-made channels. Natural pathways of drainage are streams, creeks, branches, and rivers that have formed over time, or have been designated by IDNR as a natural water channel. These should never be impeded or blocked so that they may allow for the proper flow of water during heavy rain events.
Find more information about your local waterways at: USGS Stream Stats and at USGS Streamer
If you have any questions regarding these sites, please feel free to reach out to the stormwater staff.
County staff regularly receive complaints about flooding and drainage problems, especially after heavy rains events. Upon reasonable request, staff will visit the site, review the cause of the problem, and then determine what steps, if any, can be taken. If the issue involves right-of-way or publicly-owned and maintained improvements, staff will work with the applicable municipality or township to address the issue. If an issue is caused by an active construction site, inspectors will address the issue with the developer or contractor. If there are issues with agricultural lands, staff may direct complainants to available resources; though agricultural lands are exempt from stormwater regulations by the county. (Stormwater Drainage and Detention and Sediment Control 114.004)
If you have a flooding or drainage complaint, please call the Stormwater Hot Line at (618) 296-7788.
157 N. Main Street, Suite 254
Edwardsville, IL. 62025