Storm Water Management

Keeping You Safe
Underground utilities are a mystery to the typical homeowner.  While many residents are not familiar with the functions of city owned storm sewers, they remain an essential element in minimizing the impacts of storms and flooding. 

Our goal is to provide for safe and efficient flow of stormwater from streets and drainage easements across the city to reduce standing water and prevent flooding. This is achieved through our proactive maintenance program and prompt response during weather events affecting the city's storm drainage system.

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Responsibilities 
  • Cleaning and repairing catch basins/inlets
  • Repair and maintenance of city-owned storm lines
  • Cleaning, repair, and maintenance of city-owned ponds, detention and retention basins, and roadway culvert crossings
  • Flood control - operate and maintain six stormwater pumping stations
  • Stream channel maintenance - Bank restoration / stabilization activities, removal of downed trees and debris from creek channels / headwalls to insure full operation of the stormwater system
  • Coordination of stormwater planning and maintenance activities with neighboring communities and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Keeping the Systems Clean
To assure that the city's storm system operates properly, crews are assigned to clean catch basins, storm lines, and retention / detention area maintained by the city on a regular basis. In addition, it helps control odor problems that are caused by accumulation of debris.  Storm inlets are cleaned on a periodic basis across the community as conditions and seasons dictate. They are cleaned on a per-call basis when backups or problems are reported by our residents.

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Creek Flooding
The City of Oak Forest does not maintain creeks or streams on private property. We can only maintain creeks on public property. The City also maintains creek banks as necessary to protect city utilities.
 
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is responsible for the overall stormwater management plan in our area. They have assisted the Public Works Department with creek and stream cleanup through their Small Streams program. 

Reporting Problems
If you notice a foreign substance flowing into a storm drain inlet, (especially motor oil or anti-freeze) see someone pouring something into a storm sewer, or if you see debris accumulating in a creek that could cause a blockage of water flow, please call the Department of Public Works at 708-535-4090 or the Police Department non-emergency phone number at 708-687-1376 to report the location.

To report a problem to the city, please contact the Public Works Department at 708-535-4090 or complete our new online service request form.

To report an emergency after normal working hours, or on holidays and weekends, please call the Police Department non-emergency line at 708-687-1376. The on-call public works supervisor will be contacted.

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