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Pine Street-Oriole Trail-Crystal Lake Ave Study Area


  • February 18, 2020: The intergovernmental agreement between the State and the City has been signed by both parties. The next step is for the City to contract with an appraiser to complete an appraisal of the properties. The appraisal will be reviewed and approved by the State.
  • January 7, 2020: The City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the State of Illinois/Department of Natural Resources (State) and the City for a grant that would fund the project 100%.  
  • August 30, 2019: The City submitted a grant application to the IDNR/OWR as this project was selected to move to the second round of the grant application process for their Flood Mitigation Program. 
  • December 12, 2018: The City was just informed that this project did not receive this year’s FEMA grant award. In a two-pronged approach and in order to keep this project moving forward, the City will reapply for the FEMA grant and also a budget proposal is being developed. 
  • November 8, 2018: Staff has reached out to the state requesting a status of the FEMA grant application on numerous occasions but has not received a response to date. 
  • August 29, 2018: Staff submitted a concept paper for the 2019 McHenry County Community Development Block Grant funding program to assist in the voluntary purchase of property in this area. Staff is still awaiting a determination from FEMA for the grant submittal in the fall of 2017.
  • January 22, 2018: A letter was mailed to all the residents in the area updating on the City's flooding mitigation efforts. 
  • October 16, 2017: The City submitted a grant application for the 2017 FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program Funding. IEMA/FEMA generally selects which projects they will move forward within approximately 6-12 months after the application period closes which is on November 14, 2017.  
  • September 19, 2017: A resolution supporting the City's application for the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program Funding and long-term maintenance for this study area was approved by the City Council. Additional information is located here
  • August 8, 2017: City staff met with the residents. Meeting minutes are here
  • July 31, 2017: Letters were mailed to all residents in the study area inviting them to the open house.
  • July 18, 2017: City council presentation to review the stakeholder engagement process to review and refine improvements to reduce the risk of flooding.
  • June/July 2017: City experienced successive and excessive rain events leading to the total rainfall for June and July of almost 20 inches, over double the normal average.
  • 2016: The City again submitted to FEMA for Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding to assist with construction costs for an improvement to this area. Unfortunately the City was again not granted the funding.
  • March of 2014: Detailed topographic survey and a base flood elevation analysis were completed.
  • 2013: City submitted to FEMA for Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding to assist with construction costs for an improvement to this area. Unfortunately the City was not granted the funding.
  • 2013: City’s stormwater consultant completed an additional analysis of the recommended alternatives outlined in the approved 2009 flooding study.
  • March 2009: A flooding study was completed which helped determine the causes of the flooding and conceptual solutions.

In 2007, successive rain events led to Crystal Lake receiving between 11 and 12 inches of rainfall which produced the highest lake level ever recorded and areas around the lake experienced significant flooding.

In 1988, the City worked with an engineering firm to find a possible solution to the standing water in the rear yards. A private stormwater pumping station was the best option. The City Council passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the property owners for construction and financing of the pumping station. Of the fourteen adjoining landowners, only 4 expressed interest in the improvement and matter did not move forward.