Monday evening, New London residents put a sandbag filling station to good use, preparing for worsening conditions as the Wolf River continued to rise.
Cara Fields, a longtime employee at Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait, told Local 5 she’s never seen the water as high as it was Monday.
“It’s starting to come in the bait shop, so we’re filling up sandbags so it doesn’t fill up,” she said. “I have never seen it this bad.”
Over in the city’s fifth ward, residents have grown used to flooding over the years.
“I’ve lived down in this neck of the woods most of my life,” Bart Kuhnk said. “This isn’t too bad, I just hope it doesn’t come up anymore.”
Residents of Elm Street agreed that this flooding is worse than it’s been in several years, but have accepted flooding as a part of life in the fifth ward.
“[You] have to just live with it and do the best you can,” Cindy Brigham said.