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Watseka, Illinois


The city of Watseka has faced increases in the frequency and depth of flood waters, causing record damage to personal property and public infrastructure. During flooding conditions the city of Watseka is split into two areas, creating a strain on public safety personnel, its citizens, and increased emergency response times. An opportunity exists to identify feasible solutions to reduce impacts of flooding.

Background The City of Watseka experienced flooding in the 1970’s and 1980’s and more recently historic flooding in 2008 and 2015. These flood events resulted in significant damages to infrastructure and cut off a major thoroughfare for regional trucking. During flooding the town is divided into two sections which results in isolation of the city hospital. Emergency vehicles have an unacceptably long detour to deliver patients to the hospital. 


Federal Interest Determination was completed and approved in Aug 2017. The project team is currently developing the Federal Cost Share Agreement in order to advance the feasibility study.

Additional Information

Congressional Interest

Senators: Richard Durbin (IL), Tammy Duckworth (IL)

Representative: IL-16 (Adams Kinzinger)


CA - Continuing Authorities - Section 205

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost   $364,000
Estimated Non-Federal Cost $209,000
Estimated Total Project Cost $573,000
Allocations Prior to Current FY 2018 Cost $100,000
Current FY 2018 Allocation $0
Current FY 2018 Total Capability $150,000

Major Work Item Current Year

FY 2018: If funded, complete scoping documents. Execute Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement, initiate Feasibility investigation, and begin developing feasibility report.