Burlington residents fear for their homes after severe flooding

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 23:25:56-04

Residents near Burlington’s Riverside Park are fearing for their homes as the Fox River rises to record levels.

Those historic river levels have sent the Fox River over its banks into people’s yards and homes in Burlington. It's shut down the main bridges and roads in the city and the whole community is under a curfew.

As the water levels rise in Burlington, people living in Riverside Park by the Fox River are starting to fear the worst.

"I think we're going to lose our home," said Ronny Becker wiping away tears.

Becker, her husband, her dog and cat are watching the river surround their home and close in.

"We're afraid we're not going to be able to go to bed because we won't know if we will be underwater when we wake up," Becker said.

The water is almost in their living room. Neighbors are preparing for a long night ahead worried if more rain is on the way. But they are also concerned about their neighbor on the corner. The water already over his basement windows and he says he's not leaving.

"He has a whole ring of sandbags around his house and they are completely underwater," said Sheryl Lundgren.

"Once it gets up to the house level what are you going to do," said neighbor Jeff Taff.

Now everyone is just moving what they can to the highest parts of their homes.

"Just, you hope and pray," said Taff.

The river is supposed to crest Thursday, likely at more than 16 feet. Flood stage for the Fox River is 11 feet.