I haven’t found a resident yet who remembers Crystal Lake’s having breached its banks.
My memory only goes back to 1958 when my family moved here.
Then, this week, there was sufficient water flowing into Crystal Lake from its small watershed, which ends at the junior college, for water to be flowing over that part of the Main Beach Park west of the outlet to Crystal Creek and the two lots in Lakewood to the west.
From what I have heard local resident Pat McGinnis figured out that the western bank of Crystal Creek was acting as a dam.
The stream bank was acting like a berm.
It was flooding Crystal Lake homes.
Water had inundated the craw space of a Lakewood home.
McGinnis called the City of Crystal Lake and advised them of the possibility breaching the impediment, which was keeping about four inches of water behind it.
I’m informed he was told to wait for City engineers to come evaluate the situation.
He must have gotten permission.
When I checked out the area today, water that had been threatening homes on both sides of the city-village boundary along Broadway was much lower.
And, water was no longer flowing across Lake Avenue.
Funny how Crystal Lake and Lakewood engineers had to have a private citizen figure out what should be done.