Why Protect Flood Plains?

Flood plains play a valuable role in providing natural and beneficial functions to the Village. Relatively undisturbed flood plains provide natural erosion & sediment control, open space so flooding damage does not occur, and provides improved habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Flood waters can spread over a large area providing benefits such as:

  • Reduces the speed at which the flood waters move (higher speeds cause more damage) 
  • Provides storage of flood waters, which reduces the water that reaches downstream areas, thus protecting downstream properties
  • Allows water to soak into the ground and recharge the groundwater aquifer
  • Moderates flood water temperatures, reducing the possibility of harmful effects on aquatic plants, fish, and animals

Within Bensenville, good examples that serve these purposes are the Fischer Woods, White Pines Golf Course, and Redmond Reservoir, to name a few.