Underwood Directs Study to Address Fox River and Chain of Lakes Flooding That Hurts Businessowners, Property Values, and the Safety of the Community

August 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) today announced that she has successfully fought for an Army Corps of Engineers study to address flooding along the Fox River and Chain of Lakes that has been damaging homes and businesses, decreasing property values, and creating unsafe infrastructure conditions. Exacerbated by climate change, the flooding in the region can carry harmful chemicals, contaminants, diseases, into homes. Mold can grow in water damaged homes leading to asthma attacks, allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation. 


Underwood fought for authorization of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood risk management study of the Fox River in H.R. 7575, the House-passed Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) 2020. This study authorization is an important step towards compiling accurate data to guide important local decisions in the Fox River Valley, and towards directing more federal resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intervention in this large challenge facing our communities. This legislation passed the House with bipartisan support on July 29, 2020.

“Generations of Illinoisans have been forced to deal with the impact of flooding in the Fox River Valley. It’s affected their health, their businesses, their property values, and the safety of the homes they sleep in,” Rep. Underwood said. “Climate change is making flooding in the area more frequent and more dangerous; enough is enough—we have to fix this.” 

Increased growth and development in the Fox River watershed and increase in precipitation due to climate change have made flood events worse and more frequent.