State Senator Sam McCann continued his tour of flooded areas of West Central Illinois on Tuesday.
McCann was in Naples in Scott County, where an estimated eleven inches of rain has fallen in July after a wet June.
McCann says Naples is currently plagued by interior flooding, an issue he says he immediately made officials aware of with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. McCann says based on conversations he had, officials will be on site today.
“When I arrived I essentially found the center of the village is about waist deep in water. They need more resources and we have shallow wells. [We need to] supply fresh water to everyone in the village and of course everyone is on septic,” says McCann.
“So all of that starts mixing and that’s not a good thing, because it’s on the interior and some of it is seepage from the river. A lot of it has to do with all of the rain we have got from this record rainfall. The ground is beyond saturated and it can’t absorb anything obviously,” says McCann.
McCann shared on social media a video of a thirty-inch diesel pump that is working to remove excess water from Naples, and noted Tuesday night that without it, the town would be flooded out.
He says the local drainage district is in the middle of installing a second electric pump, but McCann says he was told there was an installation delay because the pump was made in Brazil. He’s using that as an example of why domestic manufacturing must be a priority.
“We really decimated the opportunity for the American dream. We’ve taken away so many of our mining jobs and we’ve taken away so many of our manufacturing jobs. Instead of bringing other nations up to our standard of living, there’s been an equalization. The equalization has occurred by unfortunately bringing them up a little and bringing us down a lot,” says McCann.
“I think it comes down not only to economics and sociology but homeland security.”
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The two nearest river gauges between which Naples is located on the Illinois River indicate the waterway remains in major flood stage, although it’s expected to drop below that stage by the weekend. The Illinois has been in major flood stage for over a month.