Northbrook Encourages Rain Gardens to Combat Flood Problems

For the past five years, the village has offered up to $3,500 for residents to build rain gardens.


Northbrook officials are encouraging residents to build rain gardens as a way to combat flood problems and say few residents have taken advantage of the village’s 50/50 drainage program, which offers up to $3,500 for residents to install a rain garden on their existing property, Chicago Tribune reported. 

Rain gardens cost between $2,000 and $7,000 to build and could help keep the village’s sewer system from being overwhelmed during major rainstorms because they store the rainwater and don’t connect to the main village sewer, according to Village Engineer Paul Kendzior, Chicago Tribune reported. 

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