Disaster aid for Kane County, IL, infrastructure projects

September 2011, Vol. 66 No. 9

Kane County, IL, has been awarded more than $2.27 million in federal disaster aid for five infrastructure projects aimed at alleviating chronic flooding. The federal funding is part of the Illinois “IKE” Disaster Recovery Program established in the wake of Hurricane Ike in Sept. 2008.

The storm dumped between 8 and 10 inches of rain on Kane County, causing then-President George Bush to declare Kane and 40 other northeast Illinois counties a federal disaster area.

The projects, which will cost an estimated $5.3 million, are expected to create approximately 165 jobs and benefit some 2,000 residents.

The funds will help offset the cost of designing and constructing drainage projects, the separation of sanitary and storm sewer systems, and pay for an upgraded storm sewer system in the hardest hit neighborhoods.

The federal funding awarded to Kane County will be matched with funds from various state and local sources, including Kane County’s Cost-Share Program, the Aurora Township Highway Department, and a $2.5 million loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.