ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) - Torrential rain caused serious damage to a home behind Alton Middle School, where a sinkhole has been causing flooding.
A foundation wall gave way at a home on Judson Avenue at Hazel Street during a two and a half day period where about five inches of rain fell. On Friday, in the pouring rain, firefighters kept the couple who lives in the home out as they worked to save the entire structure from collapsing.
Stacy Forister and her husband said they’ve lost many of their belongings in previous floods at the home and now they don’t have much left.
“We have the clothes on our back. That’s about it,” said Forister.
The flooding is due at least in part to a sinkhole at Alton Middle School. Alton city officials and the Alton School District have been at odds over fixing the crushed drainage pipe under the sinkhole that’s not allowing the water in the neighborhood to drain properly.
“They didn’t fix the sinkhole and now here we are. Now we’re homeless,” said Forister.
On Friday, Alton Mayor Brant Walker said the city and school district had come to an agreement to fix the sinkhole and the drainage. According to Walker, the conditions of the deal were that both sides would essentially split the $60,000 estimated repair bill and the work would begin immediately.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” Forister said. “It could’ve been solved. It didn’t have to come to this,” she continued.