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Flood water forces Browning, Illinois residents to make adjustments

The river crested in Browning, Illinois, but residents said it’s going to take a while to get back to normal.

The biggest issue in Browning, Illinois, is the post office, as it’s submerged by water. The village president said although the water wasn’t as high as it’s been in the past, there’s still a lot of work to do.

The town post office is under water and out of service. Water is up to a vacation home and boats are going in.

That’s the scene in Browning, Illinois. But residents said it could have been worse, compared to previous years.

“The road wasn’t built up in ’93 or ’95, the water would have been two feet deep out here in the road, so they fixed a few things around here, but our post office is still not fixed,” Resident Fairl Lane said.

Lane, along with other residents, are having to make some adjustments.

“We have to go to the church now to get our mail,” Lane said. “It’s not a real big community, so everybody knows everybody and it’s not a real big deal, more of a nuisance for the post master.”

Lane’s commercial fishing business has also taken a hit due to the high water.

“It spreads the fish out and makes them a little harder to catch and we’re not supposed to be out on the river,” Lane said.

Village President Burl Boyd said as long as the water starts to go down, he said it’s time to start cleaning up.

“We have a lot of stuff that the river leaves for us,” Boyd said. “We’re going to have to have the tractors in here to push all the trash down. We’ve got to work to get the post office back open and hopefully we can clean up around the fire station and get it operating one hundred percent.”

Until the water goes down, Boyd said he enjoys the sightseers and fishermen that the water brings to town.

“I am just trying to enjoy myself, catching white bass,” Lane said. “They seem to be biting pretty good!”

Boyd said they can’t start work here on the post office until the water goes down. He said they did put down some sandbags in hopes of stopping silt and mud from getting in.

Boyd said he’s hoping to start work on the post office in the next few weeks. He plans to start cleaning up debris as soon as possible.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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