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Dallas City, Illinois, residents on alert as water rises back up

Residents along the Mississippi River said the flood fight isn’t over just yet.

In Dallas City, Illinois, residents said they’re staying prepared, as water starts to creep back up.

Residents said just when they were starting to relax, water is starting to come back up. They said it has been a busy and stressful couple of weeks and now they’re hoping to not go through the headache again.

Things are starting to look normal in Dallas City, as residents start to reflect on what they’re calling a tough couple of weeks.

“My church family was here, family and friends, people from the neighborhood, everyone just got together,” resident Robin Hartley said.

Hartley lives along the river. She said it took a community effort to save her house from the high water the first time.

But as water rises again, she said she’s ready.

“Three houses down, it’s starting to come back over the road again and it will just creep up and creep up, and then we’ll just have to see where it goes from there,” Hartley said.

The water has made its way back up over the road that residents live on, which is why those sandbags aren’t coming down anytime soon.

“It’s a done deal,” Hartley said. “We worked too hard to take it back down. It’s a lot of work.”

Down the street, Rayma Rea agrees.

“I’m going to keep them up a little longer this year, so it just depends,” Rea said. “We started started bagging March 23, so it will just depend on what the river does.”

Rea said she’s ready for another go-around.

“This year, we sandbagged all around the house,” Rea said.

In the meantime, Hartley said she’s trying to make the best out of what’s been an emotional roller coaster for her.

“We have an alligator that we put out and were pretending that my granddaughter caught it,” Hartley said. “You have to have some fun with it, cause otherwise, you just get so stressed out, that it just takes everything away.”

Both residents said they plan to keep up the sandbags up through July, while keeping a close eye on the river.

Dallas City Mayor Kevin Six said the town used more than 15,000 sand bags. He said they have more in storage, if need be.


Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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