RainReady Oak Park

by RainReady

In 2016 and 2017, the Village of Oak Park partnered with RainReady to help Oak Parkers manage rain at their homes. Here's what happened.   Grass And Concrete Many urban yards look like this one – grass and concrete. When it rains, water runs off into sewers. When the sewer... more

Flood Survivor: Krystal Holmes

by RainReady

Until recently, Krystal Holmes thought that the constant flooding in the basement of her newly constructed Robbins home was due to an underground river or a well.  “I can hear water flowing beneath my house from here,” Ms. Holmes says, from her upper story living room. The... more

RainReady Receives CCBJ 2016 Business Achievement Award!

by RainReady

RainReady receved the CCBJ 2016 Business Achievement Award in the NGO category. They wrote: The RainReady program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology for catalyzing legislation and municipal action to prevent flood damage in Cook County, Ill., and for... more

Flood Survivor: Bob Evans

by RainReady

The Evans' moved into their Dolton home in 1985. Mr. and Mrs. Evans raised their children in this home. These days, the home is where they spoil their grandchildren. Until 2012, they had only flooded one time. That flood followed a particularly bad storm, and affected nearly everyone in... more

Flood Survivor: Peggy Scott

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Peggy Scott and her son watched as water gushed like a fountain from her basement drains.  She was sad, but unsurprised. When she first bought her home in 1994, no one told Ms. Scott about the flooding.  Yet during every big storm since she first moved in, she finds water seeping... more

RainReady Home breaks ground

by Harriet Festing

Cost-sharing for rain readiness Famous for its architecture, including the world’s largest concentration of architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other progressive architects, Oak Park, IL is now also home to CNT/RainReady’s first cost-share initiative for rain... more

Flood Survivor: Lili Juskevice

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When Lili Juskevice bought her two-story stucco home, she never imagined that she’d spend the next 14 years fighting sewage and seepage in her basement. But she has. At times, it’s gotten so bad that after she and her daughter mopped up the muck, they immediately got sick. Now that... more

ASCE's Game Changers Award

by Harriet Festing

We are honored to share the news that RainReady Midlothian has been designated as one of 15 new Infrastructure Game Changers by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The new Game Changers are “groundbreaking infrastructure projects that represent the latest trends in... more

RainReady earns praise of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

by Burrell Poe

The MWRD Board of Commissioners has honored CNT leaders and staff with a resolution at the August meeting following news that CNT's RainReady program had been recognized this summer with the Association of State Floodplain Managers' 2016 James Lee Witt Award for Excellence in... more

Flood Survivor: Catrina Farr

by Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

Catrina Farr is one of the lucky ones. Two years ago, the Calumet City resident was able to come up with the $6,900 needed to install an overhead sewer system at her home. She also paid to have her basement retarred around the exterior perimeter, a method some homeowners use to stop seepage.... more