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La Moine River in Macomb floods basements of nearby residents

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

The flood damage continues in Macomb where residents there are dealing with some major damage from the La Moine River-- which overflowed Thursday.

Residents who live off of Wigwam Hollow road in Macomb are used to having the La Moine River run through the backyard, but they're not used to it coming in their houses.

Mayor Mike Inman says even though waters have receded, about a half a dozen houses in the neighborhood suffered flood Damage after rapidly rising waters flooded the basements of nearby homes.

Inman says this is the first time he's ever seen something like this happen with the La Moine river.

"This is the first time we've seen this in at least a lifetime. Many folks would say that they've never seen it this bad here. We're grateful that it's not worse, obviously the rain held off today, and allowed for the storm to have done its damage and the waters to have receded considerably," said Inman.

Greta Hangelbroek was

One of the residents cleaning out the water and mud that was left behind when waters receded Friday evening.

Hangelbroek says even though her neighborhood had sandbagged their yards-- those sand bags were no match for the quickly rising waters.

"That worked very well but there is nothing you can do about it, because it came in through the drain and through the toilet and through the shower, like fountains, and in the end it was almost a yard high," said Hangelbroek.

Mayor Inman says before the bridge over the La Moine river can be re-opened, he says crews will have to inspect it to make sure it's safe to drive on.

Because of the damage from the La Moine river, and other rain damage throughout the city to about 100 other houses, Mayor Inman says he'll be asking Governor Quinn for a disaster declaration to help the city apply for federal help.

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