Village of Walworth declares state of emergency due to flooding

NOW: Village of Walworth declares state of emergency due to flooding

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Walworth County village is in a state of emergency - flooding from last week's storms is still a major problem for some families.

Becky Lauterbach's subdivision was built in a natural waterway. When the nearby man-made lake fills up, it overflows fast. 

"That's probably 30-feet deep out there. This is, I would say, probably three or four feet deep," Becky said while looking out from her balcony.

The Lauterbach's garage has become a storage unit. Power is still out, and four days after the last of the rain, their lives remain up-ended.

At its height, flood water in Becky's basement came two stairs up from the floor. It has receded, but it's still several inches deep. 

"It's tough, and you know, a lot of the neighbors that just took on water this year are very angry, and I realized this morning I'm past angry," Lauterbach said. "I don't have a lot of fight left in me, because it's been a lot."

About a dozen homes were flooded, few as badly as Becky's. She says this is their family's third flood since March.

The Village Board held an emergency meeting Monday, and the president says they're willing to borrow money in order to fix this.

While the engineers work on solutions, Becky has friends and neighbors to lean on. She says hers is a glass half full family, and that they're just as though as this problem.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Lauterbach's here

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