Mossville residents seeking answers and assistance after second flash flood

By Joe Bennett

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 10:07 PM CDT

MOSSVILLE -- Mossville residents and business owners are looking for help once again as they recover from yet another round of flash floods.

Alma Sanders-Landis says she had just finished rebuilding her home after the April floods ruined her lawn and many of her belongings, when more flash flooding occurred last week.

Sanders-Landis says she did receive FEMA assistance after the April flood.

She says she already spent what she did receive on fixing what she could, only to have it happen all over again.

She says the flooding was worse this time, because of a creek that has been backed up with debris.

That creek should flow into the Illinois River.

Instead, she says it flowed into her home.

"I don't know whose fault it is,” says Sanders-Landis. “But I sure need the county to get on it and figure out why the creek is flooding so bad, or clean out the underpasses, or figure out if it's a Route 6 drainage issue, or do we need a holding pond out here somehow? I don't know, because I'm not a civil engineer."

Sanders-Landis says she and two other residents affected by the flood have been asking Peoria County to fix the creek since April.

She says they all have been told that it's not the county's responsibility to clear out the creek.

We attempted to contact officials with Peoria County Planning and Zoning.

We were told the head of that department is out of the office until next week.

In the meantime, Sanders-Landis says she does have friends and family to help rebuild, at least this time around.

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