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Flash flooding creates issues for residents in Marblehead

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Quincy got its fair share of the rain Monday night, but down the road in Marblehead, residents woke up to water over the roads and debris clogging up the bridge over Mill Creek.

"Well it's right up under the bridge, it's out across the creek and over the fields," said Garry Wear who came out to help clear out storm water from his granddaughter's basement.

He said water covering east 753rd lane is normal. Some locals said while they used to own homes back there, the flooding has stopped that.

"Seven inches of rain and the water came down the road and went right on in there into the basement," said Wear.

He said with construction taking out the shoulder for the time being, which usually helps channel some of the water away, more water got in than usual.

"She called us, we live up in Loraine and so we went and got a pump and they got a drain there but it won't take it very fast, so we fixed it up and pumped it out," said Wear.

He said it's hard to know if everything will work again when it dries out.

"Washing machine, and furnace, and hot water heater," said Wear, "and she's got a deep freeze down there too, it got it all."

Wear said for now, the pump is staying put.

"We're just gonna leave that down in there because there's talk like there's gonna be more rain," said Wear.

While residents said the state will come out to remove the trees, this issue will pop up again.

The work on Illinois highway 57 started in May and is expected to continue through June of 2021.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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