Bringing Midlothian’s Resilience Model to Six South Suburban Neighbors
by Molly Oshun
In January, the Village of Midlothian, located in Chicago’s southern suburbs, took the groundbreaking step of adopting the nation’s first RainReady Plan. Midlothian residents have faced chronic flooding for decades, even in moderately sized rainstorms. Our RainReady program’s planning process – hailed as “transformative” in the Chicago Tribune – brought together residents, civic leaders, regional agencies and federal partners to identify community-scale solutions that will stem flooding and promote economic growth. We’re excited to announce that, thanks to funding from Cook County’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program, RainReady Community will expand to six of Midlothian’s neighbors in the Chicago Southland: Blue Island, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Dolton, Riverdale, and Robbins.