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Streator man concerned about easily flooded street

Dean Carlson says it doesn’t take much rain to turn a nearby street into a river.

The Streator man has lived at the corner of South Monroe and East Wilson streets for 50 years and is guaranteed a lot of water rushing past his home, which faces South Monroe Street.

“Every time it rains half an inch it floods (East Wilson) street,” Carlson said.

He added vehicles drive through the water so fast they create waves, knocking water and any garbage on the street such as cigarette butts onto his lawn.

“We try to make our house as nice as we can but then you look at your street and it looks like hell,” Carlson said.

Public Works Director Larry Hake said the drainage system works as it’s designed to, but the warped brick on the street has been caused by heavy garbage trucks that cause the bricks to pop up at the edges of the street.

Heavy rains, however, can cause drains to operate slower than usual.

“If you get too much coming too fast it’s like the drain on your tub. It’s got to get enough air displacement to go down,” Hake explained.

Hake added the stretch of road is on the city’s five-year street maintenance program, but wasn’t able to detail what year the street is scheduled for repair in time for publication.

The decision has yet to be made whether or not the city will put bricks back down on the street. Hake said they hope to retain some of the city’s brick streets to acknowledge the city’s history of producing brick.

Until then, Carlson asks drivers to use caution when driving down East Wilson Street when it rains as well as to avoid the bumps on the edge of the street.

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