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Rising waters creating problems for Machesney Park residents


A lot of people have their eyes on the Rock River as they worry whether their homes will stay dry. That includes in Machesney Park where some people are sandbagging and others are packing up.

Judy Olsen takes a deep breath as she watches the Rock River creep closer to her house. She lives right by the Latham Bridge and thought when she bought the place there was enough land between her and the water. During the 2008 floods she found out there wasn't.

"We had a smaller flower bed here and it came right over the top. We had two feet in the lower level. It was a mess," says Olsen.

She spent the early hours this morning with family and friends sandbagging.

"We're just hoping we can keep it back," says Olsen.

Farther down river on shore drive things look even worse.

"We did sign up for the buyout program and we thought we had some time to pack up our stuff and move it out but it look like we don't have as much time," says Rhonda Parsons.

Part of Shore Drive is in a flood plain. The village has purchased some of those homes and will eventually tear them down. But for Parsons that won't happen until June. It's why her and many other neighbors are loading up and moving in with relatives.

"I don't want to have to wade across my driveway in work clothes and haul babies so we are going to go up to sister's," says Amanda Jenkins.

While others cannot do much more than watch and wait for the river to crest.

"We're holding, we're holding right now," says Olsen.

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