New Milford Residents Fear for the Worst

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

"It's got us scared not only for our homes but for our lives," says New Milford resident Ronald Dufoe.

Armed with sand bags and dismay, neighbors near Atwood Park in New Milford are preparing for what may be the worst flooding they've seen in years.

"The Kishwaukee is supposed to crest about about ten feet above flood stage. We've gone in those flood prone areas and knocked door to door and told people to be aware of it," says Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers.

Some residents were told to evacuate. Others will to stay home with their animals, but send their kids somewhere else.

"It's a good thing they have grandparents in town they can go to but at the same time it's nerve-wrecking to be separated cause you just never know," says New Milford resident Dina Verken.

Neighbors say they didn't have flooding like this until these homes were put up and nearby land was flattened for future construction projects.

This home video shows what the Dufoe's backyard looked like Sunday morning. And now many are fearful it will get worse. Winnebago County jail inmates are helping by assembling sand bags with neighbors lining them up for battle.

"I can't lift them, they're 70-90 pounds. So I just drag em but at least we're trying to help as much as we can hopefully we could save our houses anyway and nobody will get hurt," says New Milford resident Cheryl Knighton.

We're supposed to get between two and three inches of rain Sunday night. Which Sheriff Meyers says will cause the Kishwaukee River to crest sometime Monday. When this happens, Meyers says he expects several of the homes in New Milford to become flooded.

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