Steuben, WI - August 30, 2018 - After a tremendous community sandbagging effort the Kickapoo again ignored our defenses, breaching walls of sandbags and entering homes and businesses without discrimination. Jo’s Kountry Bar, where a great deal of effort went into building a sandbag wall, ultimately the wall could not withstand the extreme pressure of tons of marauding river waters. (See Video)
The two bar/restrurants, the other being Lou’s R&R, have 4 feet of water in their interiors. To add insult to injury, while towns’ people stared mute in disbelief at the overnight flooding, the day open with a beautiful blue sky, and fluffy white clouds. The weather, a wonderful, cool early fall day with a few fall leaves passing by. It certainly must have felt, to someone whose house is full of river water, as an ultimate irony.
The same spirit that animated groups of people up and down the Kickapoo Valley to fight back against Mother Nature will still prevail when the waters recede. They will do what they have always done, clean up, repair, and restore their communities.