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Letter: Flooding worse than reported in Evergreen Village

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

The Daily Chronicle article from March 12 titled, “Rain, snow cause some flooding in DeKalb County,” contained a misleading figure about the standing water in the recent flooding at Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park.

The article quotes Evergreen Village resident Wendy Ziegler as saying she’d noticed “about five inches of standing water in the worst areas of the park.” Respectfully, Ziegler may have encountered that depth of flooding farther away from the river, but those of us living closer to the river saw substantially more flooding.  

Ours was 12.3 inches at its peak, which is more than twice what was reported in the article. Others undoubtedly experienced still deeper flooding.

The off-the-cuff estimate shouldn’t have been published as a representative figure. It may lead people who live in Sycamore and don’t deal with flooding just about every time it rains to conclude “it isn’t quite so bad,” when constant flooding causes tremendous stress and hardship.  

After a few inches of rain, most people living in Sycamore undoubtedly don’t have to worry about where to park their car and whether or not they’ll have to evacuate, spending sleepless nights to carefully watch the water level, worrying the entire time about how high the water is going to rise and what consequences it will bring.

Also, because of changes the state has made to the bridge in front of Evergreen Village, our concern is the tiniest amounts of rain – which wouldn’t have normally affected us pre-construction – will have more serious consequences.  

Already in this recent flood, some of the water that would normally have exited the park instead ended up doubling back and adding to the flooding we already had.

Melanie Watkins

Sycamore

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