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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:01

James Martin Associates Works with Chicagoland Villages to Control Flooding Issues

Written by  Ashley Atkinson-Leon
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Vernon Hills, IL—

In recent years, villages in the Chicagoland area like Winnetka, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Park Ridge, and Lake Forest have developed stricter codes to control flooding throughout their communities.

These codes are aimed at controlling water that enters into the community’s storm water system. The systems can become backed up and cause flooding in basements, on roads, or in backyards. As a consequence, most villages are trying to reduce or control the amount of impermeable surface on a property.

Impermeable areas such as a house, driveway, walkway, or patio cannot absorb water like natural, permeable elements can. Permeable areas include grass, planting and mulch beds, and some specially designed patios that allow water to pass through into the sub-grade. Therefore, homeowners, architects, and landscaping companies must contend with these codes while building new homes or landscapes.

Beginning of Front Walk Construction Project to Manage Flooding

The landscape architects and designers at James Martin Associates (JMA) have gained expertise and knowledge of each individual village’s codes over the past 40 years and incorporate these codes into their designs and installation work.

Front_Walk_During_Installation_smallFront Walk During Installation Work

“We work with communities to prepare a permeable surface calculation, secure the permit, and follow plans approved by a civil engineer,” said Jim Gorsline, Residential Design Build Operations Director at James Martin Associates.

Front_Walk_After_smallFront Walk Near Completion of Project 

Solutions for managing water can be as simple as directing a property’s runoff to a rain garden located on the property where water can be used for plantings that thrive in wet areas.

For more complicated projects located in or near flood plains, storm water detention areas and compensatory storage are often constructed to keep water on the property until the city’s storm water system can gradually accept the water.

Front_Walk_Final_smallFront Walk After One Year

JMA employs these and many other methods to control flooding issues in the Chicagoland area. Contact us to design and install a flood management system for your residence today.


About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.



Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates


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