Rains cause flooding for Calvert Street residents

It was a rough night for a lot of people in the Calvert Street neighborhood, who live near South Bend's bankrupt ethanol plant.

"I got up this morning, and I hear the pumps running. I come downstairs, and I see water everywhere," said resident Bryan Kirkendoll.

Some people started their day in the early morning hours when water started seeping through their walls.

"The pumps started kicking in every miute and a half. Non-stop," said resident Rafael Garcilazo, who has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years.

Flooding has been an ongoing issue for the neighborhood since the ethanol plant closed in November. The water table has been rising, because the plant is no longer pumping millions of gallons of water a day out of the ground.

Technically, it's not the city's problem, but they have been holding meetings with residents to provide resources and information for those concerned about mold and mildew.

Another meeting to update residents on the situation is scheduled for February 7.

"I'm just hoping the city can do something for us, because this is a big problem for us," said Garcilazo.

Until then, in terms of the water flooding their homes, there's little the residents of the neighorhood can do, but suck it up and pump it out.

"This is my first little dream home," said Kirkendoll. "We can't do anything about [the flooding], and we can't get any help...It's a problem."


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