Someone needs to help flood victims

To the editor:

I don’t know what’s wrong with Rantoul, but people shouldn’t have to put sump pumps in their back yards to keep water out of their house.

Dale and Debbie Sleigh, her parent and other people on Illinois Drive have been putting up with this for a long time, and it’s time to stop.

They have mold under their house and probably in the walls.

They were told that they were young and to just walk away. Fifty isn’t young, and yes, it would ruin their credit because of the city and the school behind their house.

The city says it’s not their problem, and the school says it’s not their problem.

How would they like it if they had to live like this? Somebody needs to step up and do what they should do.

Ronnie Kocher



Flooding victims need help — now

To the editor:

I am sitting here writing this with a heavy heart.

I am a very good friend of Debbie and Dale Sleigh. I have sat back and watched for years as their yard and home have been damaged by water coming from the Northview School in Rantoul.

I just do not understand the continued talk about who is responsible for this water damage. The school sits higher than the property on Illinois Drive, the downspouts for the whole school are directed east of the school to the Illinois Drive property, and the drains are way too small that are supposed to carry this water away.

This is such a sad situation. My friend’s daughter is pregnant. This means she can never bring her beautiful baby over to her grandparents’ house because the house has black mold in it from all the water that has filtrated their home.

These people have lived in Rantoul for years, paid taxes, shopped at the local businesses, helped with many fundraisers and been a support of many benefits that I have been a part of.

The gentleman in the second house that is affected is a military veteran.

People, if we don’t help our fellow residents in town, how will we ever be the kind of people who will go out into the world and make a difference?

Our town, our state and our country need the help and support of each and every one of us who are privileged to live in this country where we have the most freedom in the world.

Support and love your neighbors, your town and country. Our world will never change unless we become the ones who change first.

God bless, and please pray that the Sleigh family gets some help soon.

Paula Hopkins