OLD YORK, ILL. (WTHI) - A small Illinois village is swallowed by the high waters of the Wabash River.
The crest of the Wabash may be heading south, but not before the flood water inundated the town of Old York.
Some residents in the tiny community believe their homes could have been spared from the flood.
The only way to get around Old York is by boat.
The community has been swallowed by the the flooding of the Wabash River.
Long time residents say this is the biggest river they can recall here.
"I've seen big rivers before but I would say this is about the highest I can remember anyway," said Greg Clark, who has lived in Old York for 64 years. "There's a lot of homes that's got water in them. I'd say about 2 foot deep."
Old York isn't very large.
About 100 people live there, but this flood has affected almost everyone.
The flooding is severe enough that state and federal representatives have begun looking for ways to bring in some additional aid.
"Just trying to make certain everybody's needs are taken care of," said 110th District State Representative Brad Halbrook. "Just trying to coordinate whatever efforts need to be coordinated."
State officials are asking the governor for a disaster declaration for the flood stricken area.
They are also laying the groundwork for possible federal disaster assistance.
"It's important for us to be out here today, taking pictures and talking to folks and kind of getting an idea of what's happening on the ground," said Kate Holloway with Congressman John Shimkus Office.
What's happening on the ground here is a lot of water.
Residents though say the flooding could have been avoided.
They say the big effort in Sullivan County to keep a levee from failing wound up dooming their village.
"How can you compare farm ground to people's homes?" asked Clark. "If the levee would let go, which I hope it does. You could flood that farm ground and save these homes."
As it stands now, though, the people in Old York will keep using their boats and wait for the river to fall so that they can re-claim their soggy community.
Old York isn't the only part of the southern Wabash Valley experiencing flooding.
Officials in Lawrence County report the water is running over the top of a levee where the Embarras and Wabash Rivers meet.
Police are going door to door in the impacted area telling residents they need to evacuate.
Right on cue, Thursday’s early winter storm dumped snow and ice on the Wabash Valley but county highway crews were a step ahead of the weather’s arrival pre-treating the 897 miles of pavement in the county.
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A four car accident in eastern Vigo County leaves one person dead.
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