Mahomet residents seek flooding help from village
MAHOMET — Residents of East State Street came to this week's village board study session to ask trustees to fix flooding problems in their neighborhood.
"We feel we're being ignored," said longtime resident Tara Nichols.
She said that when rain started coming down early Saturday morning, the retention basin near Dowell Park and the Lutheran Church of Mahomet overflowed, sending torrents of water down the street and flooding homes.
"We couldn't stop it," she said. "There was just nowhere for that water to go."
She said she was upset by what neighbors felt was a slow response by village officials. She thanked Public Works Director Gary LaForge for coming out Saturday morning to address their concerns, but questioned why village staff didn't help residents who were clearing ditches and inlets.
LaForge said that when staff arrived, the water was already beginning to recede and there was nowhere they could pump the flood water without causing problems in other areas.
Trustee Sean Widener said the impact of the storm reaffirms the board's commitment to completing work laid out in the storm water master plan.
The plan calls for construction of a new, 12-inch line in the area to supplement current measures, but that's still in the future, Widener said. Competition for funding — including maintenance to village streets — has set back the timeline.
"We need to reinject funds back into (storm water improvements)," he said.