GAYS MILLS (WKOW) — The Kickapoo River has once again gone over its banks, pouring water into the Crawford County village of Gays Mills.
The village flooded in 2007 and 2008. After the flooding in 2008, the decision was made to move part of the village to higher ground.
Major flood stage at Gays Mills is 17 feet. In 2008, the Kickapoo River crested at 20.44 feet. That set a record that was unbroken until now. As of Wednesday afternoon, the river was measured at 22.15 feet.
Rebecca Eby lives in the new neighborhood on the high ground in Gays Mills. She says the old part of the village is completely under water. She says the new neighborhood is safe, but the water keeps getting higher.
"It’s just really weird that we can look out of our porch and we can see all of this water across the street where normally you can maybe see just a tiny bit of river," Eby told 27 News. "We’ve obviously never seen water that came up over the road by this new neighborhood. I mean this neighborhood was chosen specifically because they thought it would be completely safe from floods."