GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — Officials in Green Bay met with those who were recently impacted by the East River Flood back in March.
The meeting was held on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Ann Sullivan School in Green Bay.
Tensions quickly rose as officials went over the official timeline of the flooding.
“What we went over tonight was exactly what happened on the 15th of March,” resident Mickel Perry told Local 5, “which was the worst day in so many of our lives.”
Michael Jensen, who Local 5 first met in the days after the flooding, says the flooding is something he’d rather not remember.
“I don’t like to think about it because I’m having a hard enough time sleeping, but you watch the weather and you get scared,” he said.
Jensen and Perry were among several who spoke out during the meeting, demanding solutions from officials.
“I want solutions so this doesn’t happen again, and we’re not left stranded again,” Perry said.
Jensen says that in his 48 years of residency on Charles Street, he’s seen severe flooding on seven occasions.
“As far as I’m concerned, living in my house is like throwing away money,” he said. “It’s not a matter of if it happens, it’s just when.”
They hope that airing these concerns publicly will help bring about change.
“Right now we’re just talking about problems, nobody’s talking about solutions,” Kevin Perry, another resident in attendance said. “The community needs to speak up more now.”
Mickel added, “We need something in concrete, in action for this to not happen again. We’re a very tight community and we’re going to fight.”
City officials from several departments were on hand to talk one-on-one with residents.