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One year anniversary of severe flooding in SE Wisconsin

Posted: 5:33 PM, Jul 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-10 22:33:55Z

This week marks one year since torrential rains triggered major flooding in parts of Southeast Wisconsin.

The water rose to dangerous levels which left with nearly $2 million in damage. The historic flooding is something that some Burlington families want to forget. It was devastating for many but Richard Cassidy says he feels fortunate.

This week marks one year since torrential rains triggered major flooding in parts of southeast Wisconsin. The water rose to dangerous levels which left with nearly $2 million in damage.

The historic flooding is something that some Burlington families want to forget. It was devastating for many but Richard Cassidy says he feels fortunate.

"I promised to my wife that I'd get her back home and I did," he said. 

Last year, the Fox River was literally in his home, fish swimming through his front yard.

He couldn't believe what was happening. Cassidy, his wife and pets had to evacuate their home and stay at a hotel for days.

"It was terrible, it was terrible, a lot of good people lost a lot of good things," Cassidy said.

All the electric, flooring, hot water tank and furnace had to be replaced. Cassidy has had to put a lot of money into getting his dream home back.

“I'm around $45,000, somewhere in there so far," he said.

Cassidy says his home is about 95 percent complete, all he needs to do is add a little touch up painting and some dry wall.

Along with putting lots of money into his home, Cassidy says he's also received $9,000 in grant money from the city and other organizations.

"I promised to my wife that I'd get her back home and I did," he said,