Flooding Problems

By: Mark Lindner
By: Mark Lindner

"I've had to move everything around and keep it in one corner. I've squeegeed my basement twice already," says Machesney North resident Jennifer Dunlap.

And two days later after the rain, we still found water in her basement. Jennifer Dunlap still has water in her basement and is tired of not only fighting mother nature but fighting for someone to plug the leak. Here is where the problem lies.

"We've had a lot of water coming down this hill, draining like a creek and forming a pond at the end," Dunlap says.

And it ends up in her basement. House after house many plans in the neighborhood have been rained out. Robert Boesen says his life has been altered by the weather.

"I can't use my back yard, i can't come back here, my kids can't come back here. Its literally destroying the property that i purchased a few years ago," Boesen says.

Even more frustrating to them is trying to get a hold of anyone to fix the problem. In a phone interview developer Tom McKiski, who is out of town right now, says he's aware of the problem.

"Well they mentioned that the water was backing up in the area and I told them I was going to talk to the guy who owned the land where the water was coming from and see if we could maybe figure out a way to get that water into the creek," McKiski says.

But until the problem gets fixed, or Mother Nature turns off the hose, residents will expect more of the same.

"I get to look forward to a backyard of horse manure and all the fun that comes with that," Boesen says.

It's not the typical summertime fun these residents had expected.

*Since this story aired, McKiski tells 23 News that he plans on going out to the subdivision today to assess the situation and talk to residents.


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