Throughout time, floods have altered the floodplain landscape. these areas are continuously shaped by the forces of water-either eroded or built up through deposit of sediment. More recently, the landscape has been altered by human development, affecting both the immediate floodplain and events down-stream.

Historically, people have been attracted to bodies of water as places for living, industry, commerce and recreation. This pattern of development continued as communities grew. In recent decades, development along waterways and shorelines has been spurred by the aesthetic and recreational value of these sites. As development pressures have increased in the metropolitan areas, flood prone areas that had been avoided are now being built on.

The result being an increasing level of damage and destruction wrought by the natural forces of flooding on human development. By proper floodplain management, your community will see less damage and suffering from flooding.

Floodplain Maps




Kankakee County Planning Department
189 E. Court Street, Room 201  Kankakee, IL  60901
Phone: 815.937.2940   |   Fax: 815.937.2974
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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