Machesney Park residents prepare for flood assessments

Published: Mar. 25, 2019 at 6:40 PM CDT
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Machesney Park residents are left to deal with the aftermath of the recent flooding.

Winnebago County officials said around 500 were affected from flooding in Winnebago County, including more than 300 from Machesney Park.

Chuck Rogers, who has lived off Wilson Avenue since the 1970's, came home to a flooded basement, no power and heat.

"I had like all three pumps going but it wasn't enough to keep it out this time," Rogers said. "Last time it did keep it out, but it was right up to it and it didn't go in."

After the historic flood in 2008, Rogers applied for the voluntary flood buyout program hoping to relocate. The program is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Interested homeowners must apply, have their home assessed, and then wait for approval or a buyout offer.

Rogers says he didn't get approval because his home sits on a flood plain rather than a flood zone. He will work with the village to consider his next steps.

"I can't even lift a Sandbag anymore, so we are going to have to do something," Rogers said.

Winnebago County has organized four assessment teams to evaluate damage to Machesney Park homes. Two more teams were deployed for Loves Park and the Rockford Unincorporated area.

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