Continued flooding along the Fox Rive...

Continued flooding along the Fox River and Chain O' Lakes is er...

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 15, 2008, titled Continued flooding along the Fox River and Chain O' Lakes is er.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Ken Wright has been waiting for good news since Wednesday, when water began creeping into his Antioch backyard.

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mr Fundillo

Orlando, FL

#1 Jun 16, 2008
Unfortunately the weather will get worse.
Jimbozi

Wilmette, IL

#2 Jun 16, 2008
Sorry. I have little patience for those that live in a flood plain and then complain when they flood. Like it's a shock and an outrage and "something must be done"....We have been so quick to try to tame "mother-nature" but eventually we get bit in the you-know-what. Eventually, every time.
fuzzy

United States

#3 Jun 16, 2008
it is a beautiful area,but it was never meant to be year round.septic fields fail even with minimum rainfall.i think for the most part people there will stay but please don't complain.the danger of flooding comes with the territory.
Christopher Arnaz

Lake Zurich, IL

#6 Jun 16, 2008
This is sad. Really sad. Is there nothing they can do. My best friend's family has been sandbagging their pier last week. Thankfully, their home is far enough off the lake. My heart goes out to those next door to them and the other full time permanent residents there.
This is Conelrad

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 16, 2008
Anyone hear anything about the Farnsworth House? Is that area near the river flooding?

“Get F__king Real”

Since: Jan 08

Rural Illinois

#9 Jun 16, 2008
This is Conelrad wrote:
Anyone hear anything about the Farnsworth House? Is that area near the river flooding?
The Farnsworth house is way down river from the Chain of Lakes. Across the river from Silver Springs State Park. The river is high, but within it's banks with the exception of some low areas.
John

Chicago, IL

#11 Jun 16, 2008
Jimbozi wrote:
Sorry. I have little patience for those that live in a flood plain and then complain when they flood. Like it's a shock and an outrage and "something must be done"....We have been so quick to try to tame "mother-nature" but eventually we get bit in the you-know-what. Eventually, every time.
I Agree with you, its like when people live in tornado alley, guess whats gonna happen? TORNADOS!
weres your help

Round Lake, IL

#13 Jun 16, 2008
dont talk s h it you dont know us you dont even know what were going threw

MY DAD IS THE BEST DAD IN THE WORLD
Antioch Resident

Fox Lake, IL

#14 Jun 16, 2008
weres your help wrote:
dont talk s h it you dont know us you dont even know what were going threw
MY DAD IS THE BEST DAD IN THE WORLD
Please do not listen to some of these people on this forum. They are ignorant. The majority of folks here in Antioch pray for those of you who have to deal with the flooding in your homes the past several years. Hang in there. And, please wish your dad a belated Happy Father's Day. He is very lucky and must be very proud to have a wonderful son such as you.
Julie

United States

#15 Jun 16, 2008
Who would of expected to get two "Hundred Year" floods in nine months. Our cottage should be ok. Some of these homes are vacation homes, insurance companies charge way to much for insurance. The reason why we keep this cottage sitting literly on the Fox River is because of the wonderful memories of 38 years. It's just to hard to give up on it. However the cottage is sitting on a 7ft lift (I guess thats what you call it) not in the cottage yet, however very very close. Good luck to all
lower fox resident

Mchenry, IL

#16 Jun 17, 2008
The flooding has been a real pain this last year but the worst of it is not going to be on the upper river or the chain of lakes. There are a lot more low areas below the Stratton Dam, and those folks are going to be in real trouble again....but the difference is that we are all used to it. Why?
Because it is a regular occurance on the lower river.

Although I have some sympathy for the situation in Antioch, at the same time I can't help but think to myself "suck it up people, we deal with it every year when the stratton dam dumps on us. Every year the lower river from Mc Henry dam to Algonquin gets flooded and all of us end up losing at least a quarter to a third of our boating season, and have water in our basements, yards, and streets while the upper river and chain happliy boats their little hearts out uncaring and unaware of our plight.
When the water goes down and there is a hot dry summer then we see the opposite happen. We will have no water and it will be so shallow our boats are bottoming out because they closed the dam and won't give us any water....and their water is still great...and happily they boat their little hearts out again not caring a hoot about what happens down here.

If you check the statistics and the charts available you will see that this is true. There is no balance to the system. It is poorly run. We all pay into the fox waterway system and yet the upper river, with the exception of very few occurances like what we have going on right now, reaps all the benefits while the lower folks get the shaft.
This could be avoided if things were managed fairly and competently. For instance, if they opened the flood gates and drained things down well before massive storms hit. It is not like they have no warning, we all get the weather channel and it is pretty accurate 10 days out. They could also start in the early spring and drain the upper chain and lakes really low over the period of a few months when it is still really cold, nice and slow, to avoid flooding the lower river out. Instead they wait until it is almost flood in the upper area and then just say oops and dump it in one massive swoop every april and may. When the water gets low or high the levels should be consistent on all parts of the river and chain. If there is flood, we all flood...if it is dry, then we all should be low.

Could we find someone competent to run the show please?

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