Serious flooding common in local area

Former resident says area has been hit hard multiple times

CARY – Lorna Kube knows all too well about what happens at Crest and Sunset drives.

For 10 years, Kube and her husband lived at 65 Sunset Drive in Cary, an area of McHenry County hit hard by last week’s flooding.

The home sits at the bottom of a hill where Crest and Sunset drives meet. When heavy rains hit, water rushes down the hill and pours into the garage and lower level of that house, as well as into several other residences in the neighborhood.

Three serious floods wreaked havoc on Kube’s home from 2001 to 2011, ruining everything in her garage and lower level each time. The couple lost three cars to flood damage.

August 2011 was the last straw for Kube, as floodwater caused the interior walls of her home to collapse.

“If anyone had been inside, they would have been killed,” she said.

The couple moved soon after, opting to sell the house to the bank rather than to another resident destined to inevitably experience the same flood damage.

Kevin and Joann Yeaton moved into the property in January and received no notice from the bank about flooding issues.

After last Wednesday’s storms, the couple had 4 feet of water in their driveway and a refrigerator floating downstairs.

“It seems as though it’s a recurring thing here that hasn’t been addressed properly by the village,” said Kevin Yeaton, who estimates his home has at least $10,000 worth of damage. “You can see the ruin this has caused.”

The village of Cary has scheduled a special meeting for July 11 with residents who live on Sunset and Crest drives to discuss flooding issues, something Kube said never happened when she lived in the neighborhood.

“We were told [by the village], ‘This is your problem. You deal with it,’ ” she said. “This has gone on forever and keeps getting passed on to new people.”

Cary Village Administrator Chris Clark said officials plan to listen to the neighbors’ concerns at the meeting, but they don’t expect to present any solutions until the village conducts a damage assessment of the area, which began Tuesday.

“Right now we’re in the process of working with the Emergency Management Agency to conduct a damage assessment,” Clark said. “We’re gathering specific information about the amount of damage and how the water came into the properties.”

Clark said the village is aware of the flooding history at Crest and Sunset drives, and said cost is the primary reason that more responsive measures haven’t been taken in the past.

Kube said the problem didn’t start when she moved into the neighborhood. After the first major flood hit her home, the previous resident came by and told her they endured three floods as well and couldn’t afford to keep rehabbing the house.

Residents are hoping the July 11 meeting finally will provide answers as to how to protect their homes, but not everyone believes the neighborhood is worth saving.

“I want [the village] to condemn the area, give us money for the property, bulldoze the houses and put in a retention pond,” Joann Yeaton said. “We don’t want to go into foreclosure and wreck our credit over this.”

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