Homeowners Get $2.5 Million Settlement

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Dozens of homeowners in Keith Creek are finally getting some extra help for flood damages by way of a $2.5 million settlement from the City of Rockford. This comes years after hundreds of homes were devastated by high waters.

Some homeowners say the money is a welcomed relief.

John Szleszinksi says he’s relieved to finally get some monetary help after he lost everything when Keith Creek flooded his basement twice in 2006 and 2007. More than 100 homeowners who suffered thousands of dollars in flood damages will now split $2.5 million.

Although Redeemer Lutheran Church was hit hard by high waters, Pastor Stephen Klemp say she doesn’t want any of the money.

“For us to sue the city, we felt that would set the city back as opposed to allowing them to partner with us and continue working on the creek,” Klemp said.

“The main problem is still the widening of the creek because if it isn’t done, there will be more liabilities on somebody else’s back.”

Szleszinski says the settlement won’t solve everything. He hopes the creek is fixed soon to permanently prevent future flooding.

We reached out the city’s attorney Patrick Hayes for a comment, however he did not return our calls. Keith Creek homeowners say they appreciate the city’s help.

The settlement still needs to be approved by City Council which is expected to happen Monday. City administrators say they have to find the money before they can expand the creek.

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