Wheeling Residents Furious About Repeated Flooding

WHEELING, Ill. (CBS) — Neighbors in Wheeling have been experiencing flooding over and over again, and they say nature isn’t only to blame.

As CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports, the residents took their frustrations to the village hall Monday night.

The situation is complicated. Some residents say the village needs to do more to prevent flooding, while some Wheeling village leaders say their townhome community needs to do more, and flood victims saying, “Here we are again, losing everything, again.”

Just about all the water that rushed into Wheeling resident Marilyn Silver’s basement is gone, but the problem isn’t.

“If there were Smell-o-vision, everybody would know,” she said. “It stinks down here.”

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As the water came in, Silver says she and her family were trying to haul some items upstairs from the basement. But they couldn’t save everything.

The water reached just under the top stair leading up from the basement – about 8 feet in total.

It took out her furnaces, and soaked furniture and drywall. Now the cleanup is a daunting prospect for husband Donald Silver, who suffers from a lung disease.

“I’ve had as much as I can take,” he said.

The Silvers have been through this before. Their Wheeling townhome has been flooded three times in the past 25 years.

“Hello, Wheeling? Are you paying attention? Village, we need support,” said resident Marlene Goodman.

Some neighbors took that message to Village Hall. They say the pipes in place can’t take water out of their subdivision fast enough.

“We’re really asking for help,” a neighbor said.

The village said it would try and work with the residents.

In the meantime, the Silvers are doing their best to dry out.

“We’ve been back to normal before,” Donald Silver said. “It’s just the process from here to there is very hard.”

Wheeling Public Works officials have put the blame with the townhome community, saying it hasn’t dredged retention ponds to prevent flooding adequately.

At the meeting, residents and officials also discussed getting Cook County involved with the situation, which does not seem to have a cheap or easy fix no matter how they look at it.

  • Tiny

    Chicago has the same problem! My entire block flooded on the west side again. Where is the mayor or this?

  • CFLC

    Open the Locks on the river to the lake, relieve the pressure sooner, before the flooding starts.

  • Dan

    I think they should all band together and file a class action lawsuit against Mother Nature for allowing so much rain to fall. Unbelievable.

  • What!?!

    Why do people put valuables and/or furniture in a basement when they know that it is prone to flooding? One person in this article stated that this is the 3rd time in 25 years that her basement has flooded. At what point does it occur to her and her husband that perhaps putting furniture and other items in the basement is not a wise idea? It is foolish to think that we can build a structure underground (basements), and not expect it to fill up with water from time to time, especially sewage from an overwhelmed sewer system in a downpour like we had this past weekend.

  • tired of unions

    Union to busy collecting dues, not installing pipes or retro fitting to accommodate growth, just to busy collecting money.

  • Common Sense (DIY)

    Stop living in a flood zone.
    Stop expecting everyone else (tax payer money) to bail you out of your own issues becasue you live in a flood zone.
    It is NOT the governments place to fix everything for everyone. If you continue to be flooded over and over again, try moving or rebuilding the structure thats elevated to prevent your home from flooding.
    I guess it is easier to demand that someone esle fix it or prevent it.
    If my house or basement continued to flood, I would fix the issue myself not complain until goverment did something at other expense.
    But then again, I am not dumb enough to live in an area thats a “Flood Zone”

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  • Fed Up!

    Oddly enough, the subdivision in question is NOT in a Federally designated flood zone. And oddly enough, the subdivision in question is NOT the only area in Wheeling that is affected – there are 2 or 3 others. And ALL feel as if they have been abandoned by the village. And, oddly enough, it appears as if that is exactly what has happened. The Village of Wheeling certainly had enough cash lying around to build itself a new Village Hall and a new Public Works building/monstrosity. However, the Village of Wheeling seems to have empty pockets when it comes to maintaining the infrastructure around its residents. And, over time, they have allowed all natural water course and drainage areas to be paved over, further aggravating the situation. The people of these communities are not looking for a Government handout. Rather, they are simply asking that the Village of Wheeling do what it is supposed to do – serve the people of the Village and maintain the infrastructure of the Village. Is it too much to ask that they simply do what they are supposed to do?

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