At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, Herscher’s “100 year flood” was at the forefront. 

Village President Ray Schneider began the meeting by stating, “I want to acknowledge difficult times over the last four days with the amount of water that was dumped on us and the unfortunate devastation that it has had for some of our residents.” He continued, “Thank you to everybody here, citizens, all the volunteers. It was definitely small town America at its best.”

In addition to damage done at Lions Park, the administration building’s basement toilets overflowed and caused flooding. Board members Shannon Sweeney and Ray Schneider worked late into the night to try to minimize the damage.

Additionally, overflow of the creek moved the southeast tank at the sewer plant. Insurance adjusters will be evaluating the damage.

Residents who have sandbags should leave them in place until after the coming weekend due to more rain in the forecast. As residents finish with the sandbags, they should place them on the curb and they will be picked up.

All Herscher residents are allowed to use the temporary dumpsters located in the Pilot Road subdivision for flood cleanup disposal. 

The board lauded the efforts of the volunteers and businesses that helped with sandbagging and assisting others during this time, including Bruce Meredith and Keith Witheft who had been on duty around the clock.

Another issue that affected the board’s decisions is the cancellation of Herscher’s Labor Day Celebration due to Covid-19. The urgency to complete beautification projects has been put on hold for the time being.

Three applications were received for the code enforcement vacancy.

Also, Rt. 115 is scheduled to be resurfaced from a mile west of Herscher to Irwin as long as funding is available.

The meeting concluded with a public comment period in which several residents entered and spoke, one at a time, about the damage incurred at their homes and properties due to the flooding.