Flooding & Floodplain Management

There are three mains sources of flooding within the limits of Village of Bensenville. These sources are Willow Creek, Silver Creek (also known as Bensenville Ditch), and Addison Creek (as well as its tributaries). Each of these sources has its own Floodway and Floodplain.

While the Village cannot prevent flooding; in addition to routine maintenance activities the Village does take several steps to reduce its impact. Before a project is constructed, Village Staff works with the developer to ensure that the proposed project minimizes the impact to adjacent properties. A new project must meet the guidelines established in the Village Code, the DuPage County Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinance and other regulations established at the state and federal levels. Since the Village of Bensenville holds a partial waiver community status, all aspects of development within the Special Management Areas (SMA) are reviewed and approved by the DuPage County Department of Economic and Community Development.

The Engineering Division within the Public Works Department assists residents, contractors, realtors and engineers in determining whether a piece of property lies within a floodplain or not. Please contact the Engineering Division at (630) 350-3435 for assistance regarding floodplain information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What is a Flood Zone?

    2. What is a Flood Plain?

    3. Why has the Government designated these flood zones?

    4. How are Flood Zones determined?

    5. What are the Flood Zones?

    6. Can a Flood Zone Designation be changed?

    7. Do I Need Flood Insurance?

    8. Can Flood Insurance Premiums be reduced?

    9. Why Protect Flood Plains?

    10. How Can I Stay Safe in a Flood?

    11. How Can I Protect My Home?

    12. How can I help prevent flooding?

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