Flood victims give Green Bay leaders an earful at meeting

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Emotions ran high as dozens of people affected by the flooding of the East River in March voiced their concerns at a meeting Monday night.

Flooding on Eliza Street on Green Bay's east side on March 15, 2019. (WBAY Photo)

City officials had invited those affected by the flooding to get their input.

As Action 2 News has reported, many homes sustained thousands of dollars' worth of damage and today a handful are still condemned.

Homeowners want the city to find solutions immediately.

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department gave a timeline presentation of what happened when the river overflowed its banks in mid-March and ways the department could improve rescue missions.

Nearly 150 people living along or near the East River had to be rescued by the fire department.

Many homeowners were upset help didn't come sooner. They said some of the calls they made to the police department weren't followed up on, and they were left stranded with water in their homes.

"Right now we're just talking about problems. Nobody's talking about solutions, and I'd like solutions," Kevin and Mikel Perry, who live on Eliza Street, said. "If you have a problem, bring a solution, please. And I'm frustrated because what we went over tonight was exactly what happened on the 15th of March, which was the first day in so many of our lives, and I just want to know what they're going to do to fix it."

"I've got a sizable amount of money put into that house that I had to repair everything, and so that's all part of owning a property but you don't want to do it all the time," Ken Koenig, who owners property on Eliza Street, said.

Even with the meeting designed to focus on the March flood, some homeowners brought up the need for a working pump house near Eliza Street because their street floods every time it rains.

Mayor Eric Genrich attended the meeting and said he wants to make sure the city is well-prepared for future flood events.

"I've been totally upfront with the fact that we have some substantial needs that need to be addressed -- not just including our roads but also dealing with our storm water infrastructure, so I'm very serious about getting my arms around this and making sure that again, we build a strong, resilient city that's responsive to all citizen's needs," the mayor said.

The fire department says from now on, homeowners concerned about flooding in their neighborhood should only call 911.

Mayor Genrich added that after Monday's meeting, he's committed to having a follow-up meeting with those affected by flooding.