The Village of Bethalto planned a public forum this week as a way for residents to get to know their local government. The topic of the meeting, though, quickly changed shortly after the date was set so residents could talk about flooding from this summer and last December.
Dozens of village residents have had to deal with water issues over the years, and flash flooding last winter and earlier this summer impacted some who had never had issues in the past. Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow assured the roughly 250 people who attended the meeting at Civic Memorial High School that dealing with the flooding issue was the village’s top priority, but that it will take time and money. Public Works Director Rod Cheatam took time during the meeting to explain how they are trying to fix the aging infrastructure, noting 30 years of neglect will not be solved in the next few weeks or months:
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Mayor Winslow encouraged residents impacted by flooding to contact the village if they have not already done so, in order for officials to track where most of the problems have occurred.