For years it was considered one of the most flood prone areas in northern Illinois. The City of Loves Park can rest a lot easier now that a $30 million flood protection project has been completed.
The project has been more than 30 years in the making, but as of Monday morning it's officially finished. The flood protection project consists of 18,000 feet of improved channels and advanced storm water runoff in the Windsor Lake System.
Leaders are celebrating Monday’s completion as the long-awaited end to paying thousands of dollars in flood insurance premiums. The project was a cooperative effort between the City of Loves Park and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The federal government picked up three quarters of the $30 million bill, while the City of Loves Park and the State of Illinois kicked in the other 25 percent.