Bio Program Protects Shore Drive Residents From Flooding


As homes and businesses across the Stateline continue to clean up after last week’s storms, one neighborhood in Machesney Park is remembering that, as a thing of the past.

The shore drive area was prone to flooding regularly until federal money to the village helped tear down the homes within the floodplain.  The nearly $4 million grant was awarded to Machesney Park back in 2008; at the time they said it would save the village millions on future clean up costs.  Damage from last week’s storms highlight what could have been for shore drive homeowners.

Michelle Johannsen, Finance and Human Resources Manager for Machesney Park said, “We’ve purchased over 100 homes to date with the 3 rounds of the bio program that we’ve done, and its getting the residents and the structures out of the floodway.”

After the grant was awarded, homeowners on Shore Drive were offered buyouts to sell their homes to be demolished.  Hundreds of Machesney Park residents have signed up for demolition since the program began, with 25 homes anticipated to be taken out.


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