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posted: 5/8/2013 4:40 AM

Still fighting the flooding

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Still fighting the flooding

I live in Orchard Heights in McHenry. This is the worst flooding this area has seen in over 30 years. We really were completely ignored. If it wasn't for family friends and neighbors and our small township my house would have been a total loss. We never received any information on what to expect in regards to excepted levels. We are eight sandbags high. Even though the water has stopped coming the walls can only hold back so much water.

There was a report by your newspaper that the rain will not affect the flooding. That was so wrong. The rain coming down from the cutters was now flooding the other side of the sandbags and I was just able to stop the water underneath my house and before it was on the floors. I'm a single mother I was unable to feed my kids or clean my house. I was unable to let my boys go to school because I needed their help. The fight goes on. I have to maintain the pumps around the clock I have barely slept.

We here in McHenry have been fighting this flood for a week and still continue and the water here is going to stay for the next two weeks. I hope my pumps can even last that long.

Pauline Applegate


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