Crooked Lake resident Sharon Ritchie Tuesday told Barry County Commissioners the water flooding her and neighbor’s homes is higher than it was this summer. After several months of dealing with the flooding, residents are “very weary and feeling overwhelmed mentally, physically, emotionally and financially,” she said.
Nine months ago, county officials visited their home, and recognized the rising waters were a concern for public health and safety; eight months ago, the commission declared the lake a flooding crisis and allocated $10,000, she said.
She stressed that Crooked Lake residents appreciate the help they have received and are sad other lakes are also contending with high water issues, “Yet, I request that your efforts, resources and time is dedicated to Crooked Lake Delton since we have been told that our crisis is your priority.”
Ritchie said more homes are in crisis now than when Engineer Brian Cenci’s report last summer said 63 homes were seriously impacted by the flooding, 193 homes had flooding issues and just 24 homes were unaffected by flooding. Sump pumps are wearing out from use and being replaced and residents have been told a sand bagging service is no longer available.
“It has been four months since Chairman (Ben) Geiger stated: ‘Hang in there…help is on the way.’”
“I am asking you: Where is the help you said was on the way…What exactly am I to hang onto?”
Geiger later said he would talk to Barry County Emergency Management Department to see if they could offer any help.