Johnsburg resident Carl Kamienski went to Tuesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Board with some post-flood helpful hints.
In his email to me, he wrote,
“I got about 1/2 done and doing really good for my 1st time until Jack F interrupted me and thru me off my game and ask[ed] me to sum it up because he had my prepared remarks.”
Here’s what he had to say:My name is Carl Kamienski of River Terrace Drive, Johnsburg.
I just want to take a moment to talk on 4 topics.
The water will go down soon; that will leave a hell of a mess. Now is the time for all you board members to work with the local governments on clean-up efforts, especially the sand bags.
Maybe work to have pallets dropped off at intersections and sand pile locations, or talk to waste haulers like Waste Management, PrairieLand, etc… and have dumpsters dropped off, where residents can put the used sand bags. Then the truck can take them back to the public works yards where maybe volunteers can separate bags from sand and sell the sand or donate it to other local governments for their roads.
All of us are worn out, stressed out beyond the flood levels, hungry and tired, but we will not complain, we just need to make it as easy to get rid of the sand bags as possible. If not it will, and I mean it will, end up in the water ways. We can’t afford to let that happen, the waterway mgmt. can’t even dredge what they are supposed to now and if that sand goes in to the water system the next flood will be even worse. And there will be another flood, and that you can count on.
Other things that would help may be some port a potties, all of us that have septic systems, we can’t use them for weeks to come even when we see that there is no water on the field there is still water in the ground.
And in the areas under water, maybe at a central point in those areas, get the Tide washer semi trailer out so we can do some washing. Maybe get the mail to a central point. Garbage pickups do the same, a central point. Even with the water barely off the roads we don’t need any more stress on our roads.
Please let all of the law departments and public works departments know that we give one big heart felt thank you for all of their hard work. Keeping us safe and keeping our property safe, getting after the idiot’s that don’t know how to drive in water that were damaging property. And just checking on us old mules to see that we’re ok and even when they went by, to smile and say hi to us. That goes a long way with us. So please do what you can to say thanks and for having our backs.
Even as the water does go down, safety is going to be a problem. This water is a hazmat super fund site. Do what you can to make sure that all of the medical centers know what to ask when someone comes in cut up and to ask them where they got injured. Was it in a general parking lot or out working in/around the flood waters? Because there are different treatments for cuts exposed to flood water, and if not asked it could have a bad outcome.
Very soon the restrictions on the waterway will start to change. 1st will be the lakes to no wake, then the upper river will be no wake, and then the lakes will be open to no restrictions. What will happen is that you have a lot of boaters that have been dry dock and want to get out. Then they will start to go down the river. At that point we will need the help of the sheriff marine unit. As a suggestion maybe ask some the off duty officer to help so we don’t over work the few that we do have. Just like the drivers going thru water on the road making a wake so will some of the boaters. We don’t need to make it a revenue generator, but educate the boaters. Our shore lines are delicate right now, let’s help them heal.
And last get out and walk the area and go shoulder to shoulder with us and let’s make this as easy and fun and as safe a clean-up as we can.