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The Building Division offers a backyard flooding assistance program. Building staff will work with property owners to assess the situation and design a drainage solution. While the cost of the installation is borne by the property owner, Building Division staff will assist by designing a solution. Visit our Community Development page for details.
No, some streets are under the jurisdiction of Skokie, or Cook County or Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For a complete list of the jurisdictions, visit our
Yes. If you are interested in having a light placed in your alley, please call the Engineering Division at 847-933-8231. Public Works staff will then determine if your alley has the necessary infrastructure to support a light. If the necessary infrastructure is in place, an alley light will be installed and you will be billed a flat fee of $95 annually. This fee covers the costs of the light, its installation and the electricity supply.
During freezing conditions, homeowners should take the following precautions to prevent their pipes from freezing:
• Allow a continuous trickle of water to flow through faucet(s) to help minimize the chances of freezing pipes.
• Seal any leaks around doors or windows to reduce drafts that could lead to pipes freezing.
• Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow the heat from the house to circulate.
• Wrap interior piping running along outside walls with pipe insulation or heat tape.
A sign that your interior piping may be frozen is evident when there is a reduced trickle of water from your faucet. Do not attempt to thaw a frozen pipe yourself using an open flame. Contact a qualified plumbing contractor to do the work.