Problem flooding areas in Rockford could receive help through a possible grant.

There's one thing I know about, that's flooding. My neighborhood used to have a serious problem. My basement filled up with water a handful of times including the massive Labor Day one.

It's a helpless feeling knowing there's nothing you can do about it. Plus, I don't live near any water. I don't wish it on anybody. I feel awful for the poor people that live on the Rock River and others in the area that have the problem every year.

Luckily, the city was able to budget some money to help fix the problem in my area. They tore down houses, redid streets, and dug drainage. It definitely works. I can sleep better when we have a heavy rain.

Now, the city is looking to help out another neighborhood with their flooding issues.

According to,

"City officials will seek a $1.5 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to acquire and demolish a shopping center, an industrial property and a four-unit apartment building in the flood-prone Keith Creek corridor. The targeted properties include the Charles Street Shopping Center, 2233 Charles St., an industrial property that houses Action Towing, 801 Ninth St., and a house, 1642 Seventh Ave."

I wish them luck and I hope it happens.

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