Rain brings flooding to Dolton

March 11, 2013 3:01:56 PM PDT
A flood advisory remains for parts of the Chicago area, especially along rivers and streams that are swollen by the rain, along with melting snow.

Some are already trying to clean up flooded basements Monday in south suburban Dolton.

The residents are frustrated. The flooding remains in backyards, primarily at the same four homes that are affected. Homeowners blame the village, the village denies responsibility.

"I'm tired of calling the village, I call every day. The only thing they do is send a tow truck, the guys look at it, they get in their truck and pull out," said flood victim Jerome Williams.

Flooded basements and backyards. It's been a recurring problem on one block on 138th Street in Dolton for over 20 years. Sunday night, the flooding came back, as rain water and melting snow backed up the drains in the alley behind the homes.

"I'm tired of having to replace everything," Williams said. "Tired of waking up in the morning and house is flooded."

Sixty-two-year-old Betty Sutton was led away by her niece until the home she rents is deemed safe.

"There is about two feet of water in the basement," said Valerie Stubbs. "All her things are messed up. We don't know if it's toxic, and she's a stroke victim. She don't need to be in there."

Residents say their complaints to the village of Dolton have gone unanswered.

Last year, longtime residents Williams and Rodney Hewitt took matters into their own hands.

They built a burm along their fence line made out of leftover dirt from putting in a pool.

"I had slowed it down for a year and a half, they came with a front loader and removed the dirt, now problem is back and worse than what it was," Hewitt said.

A spokesperson for the Village of Dolton says they did not remove the burm.

They also lay blame for the flooding on the railroad company, who they say is responsible for draining the ditches on either side of the tracks.

While the homeowners say that the drains don't work, the village claims they do work and the problem is that there is too much water from the rain and the melting snow for them to be handled properly.


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