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August 25, 2014

Fox Creek residents holding yard sail

John Muir once famously wrote, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." Residents of the Fox Creek subdivision are living with that reality.

They got a rude surprise in June when a $125,000 RV came floating down the street. Flooding after heavy rains ruined the RV, is destroying another resident's foundation and the standing water is a nuisance.

Fairview Heights agreed to spend up to $41,000 on an engineering study of the neighborhood's storm water drainage, and who knows how much the fix will cost. Residents said flooding has gotten worse over the years in the neighborhood northeast of the Illinois 159 and Frank Scott Parkway intersection -- an area that has seen a lot of development over the years.

Bringing us to the point of this cautionary tale: Build something in one spot, it changes the water flow in another. Fix the Fox Creek flooding and you have to wonder what will bubble up somewhere else.

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