“Village is lax in handling storm drainage problems” article originally posted to the Rantoul Press in response with a letter to the editor on Sept. 18, 2018...as of July 8, 2020, still not fixed.

I read your article in the Rantoul Press (what a joke) about the water drainage program since 2000, that Rantoul citizens via taxes paid a lot of money to install a retention pond off Maplewood.

I have lived on Magnolia Lane in Rantoul well before the year 2000, 1985 to be exact. Every time it rains I still get 3 to 4 inches of standing water in my yard due to the fact that the connection pipe installed to the water retention pond drain, which is on the Heritage Estates side of the fence, collapsed seven years ago or 2011, which does (still has been orange taped-off for years to keep the kids from falling into the hole) not allow the water that accumulates in the trailer court to flow to the retention pond.

I chuckle when I read articles in the paper that state that some people have failed to pay their share of  water payments for this water retention pond etc. I live less than 50 feet from this big-money water retention pond, and the city has not connected or fixed (which I reported to the city/Heritage Estates, and they debate whose problem it is) their collapsed pipe in many years, and I still get 3 to 4 inches of water in my yard every time it rains.

Why should I pay my share of the taxes? But I do anyway. As I said before, what a joke. I bet the city mayor and administrators don’t have water in their yard when it rains.

Something else I was reviewing while reading your article about the sewage drainage problem in Rantoul. How does this sound:

1) Vietnam-era veteran with disability forced to walk through 3 to 4 inches of water to go to doctor’s appointment. “Happy Veterans Day”. I believe if I was some other form of a minority, the city would be head over heels fixing this problem of a collapsed pipe and flooding.

2) Here’s the funny part about this backed-up water and collapsed pipe: Every time it rains, the backed-up water enters the sewage non-capped system and goes through these sewer pipes or overflows with raw sewage in my yard and increases the rate of sewage treatment cost/dollars that we are forced to pay monthly as part of our rent agreement.

3) Like I said, what a joke.

Note... the latest response from representatives from the city of Rantoul, Ill., on the local news and Rantoul Press implied “...that the drainage system currently being used was not designed to handle the quantity of rainflow that we experienced in town on July 9 2010...” and “...due to the global warming, we will continue to see an increase in flooding. ...” Rantoul representatives also stated, “... Rantoul citizens are not prepared and willing to fund the cost of a drainage system that would be capable of handling current levels seen July 2020...”.

Question: What does that have to do with the current broken pipe in front of my residence? A representative from Heritage Estate (Strive) trailer court stated on July 9 “...that the reason for the flood in the park was not from the broken pipe with orange tape around it...” “... but the reason was the retention pond was too full and the water could not flow in...” Which I find totally false, because the drainage pipe in question sits approximately 6 feet above the water level of the retention pond, and the overflow that did finally spill over the road (Magnolia Lane) eventually found its way to the retention pond.

Kenneth Butler is a resident of Rantoul.