City of Ottawa, Illinois

Special Flood Hazard Area, Information, Protection and Predictors

The City of Ottawa has three distinct Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). The boundaries of Goose Creek east of Norris Drive, to the mouth at the Fox River, The Fox River from Ottawa Regional Hospital to the mouth at the Illinois and the areas adjacent to either side of the Illinois River from the eastern to western City limits.

The areas around Goose Creek are at greatest risk for flash flood events because of its steep declining profile. The Fox River is influenced not just by local rain events but by most of Northeastern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The Illinois River is influenced by east northeast Illinois, into parts of Western Indiana, the Kankakee River, the Des Plaines and Chicago Rivers. It is important to understand that Ottawa is the watershed for over 11,000 square miles.

Information on whether your property is in the 100-year floodplain can be obtained from the Building Official, City Engineer, or by checking the City of Ottawa’s Geographic Information System (GIS), which has all properties listed in the regulatory floodplain.  This information can also be found through FEMA’s Geo Platform at .  Stop by City Hall at 301 West Madison Street or call the Community Development at 815-433-0161, ext. 219 or ext. 220 for more information.

If you have flooding or drainage problems on your property, contact the City Engineer for solutions. He can be reached at 815-433-0161 ex 220.

It is illegal to dump yard waste, dirt, or other debris/liquids into a waterway and violators may be fined (515 ILCS 5/5-5). If you see someone dumping debris in our water courses (storm drains, sewers, creeks, ditches, streets, rivers) or suspect any other illegal activity, please contact the Community Development Department at 815-433-0161.

City of Ottawa Flood Website


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Mike Sutfin
Building and Zoning Official
815-433-0161 ext. 219 Phone
815-433-2344 Fax

Mathew Stafford, CFM
Code Official
815-433-0161 ext. 230

David Noble
City Engineer and Director of Community Development
815-433-0161 ext. 220 Phone
815-433-2344 Fax

301 W. Madison Street
Ottawa, IL  61350