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Harrisburg business owners look for a solution to flooding

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HARRISBURG -- Business owners raise new flood concerns in Harrisburg. Those owners want the city to do more to prevent the kind of flooding that swamped their businesses last month. They aim to pack this week's city council meeting with concerned citizens.

David Crest and his wife own Illinois Storage in Harrisburg, just one of several businesses affected by flooding in earlier this month.

"We just want to work together and get this solved. That's the main thing," said Crest.

He says the danger of flooding has begun to impact of his business by scaring customers away who are looking for a storage unit.

"I'd say, 'Well, the only one I've got is down in Gaskins City and it's flooded twice now, and it might flood again and I can't guarantee it won't.' You're probably going to say, 'I'll probably keep looking,'" said Crest.

Crest hopes the City will step in and help fix the flooding problem.

Harrisburg Mayor Mike McPeek says he met with the city engineer to discuss solutions.

"We're never going to be able to eliminate it all, but at least we can eliminate some of the problem," said Mayor McPeek.

Mayor McPeek says that the city's constant growth, gives flood water few places to go, making flooding worse.

"Anytime you lay more concrete, then water's going to run to that area," said McPeek.

Mayor McPeek hopes to add another containment pond to help reduce the threat of flooding to the area businesses.

Crest said what the city has done to combat the flooding has helped, but it's not enough. He says the more people who speak out about the problem, the more seriously city leaders will consider it.

Crest hopes for a big turnout at the Harrisburg City Council meeting this Thursday. McPeek said he looks forward to hearing their concerns.

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