A flooding fitchburg lake is destroying residential property, farm land, and even a bike trail.
People arod the area call it a living nightmare.
Gabriella bachara shares how residents affected are simply looking for a solution.
Last summer, during the historic rainfall... lake barney overflowed for the first time since the 19-50s... according to the city of fitchburg.
Today... nearby residents are still struggling to keep water from enterting their homes and farm land.
(pkg) when tom thayer bought his property.
<tom thayer/property owner> "we moved here in 1985" water wasn't a concern.
<tom thayer/property owner> "as you can see we had to basically ring the entire house and outbuildings to prevent the water.
But now... an around the clock system works to keep water away from his house.
<tom thayer/property owner> "we managed to put the barriers up to protect the house, to protect the out buildlings and keep everything dry, but there is a cost to maintaining them."
<tom thayer/property owner> "system works great but there's a maintence issue.
Basically every morning i do my pump walk."
Thayer says he's already put 60- thousand dollars into protecting what is left of his property.
<tom thayer/property owner> "we have a property that is virtually unsaleable because of the flooding."
John brown would say the same about his home.
<john brown/property owner> "if we ever have to sell the house... it's taken the value of the house right down."
Brown filled in over three feet of his basement because he couldn't keep the water out with two pumps.
<john brown/property owner> "we can't pump it because you can't put drain tile in and we had no other choice.
So i tried it and it works."
There are multiple municipalities involved because of the location.
The lake is in the city of fitchburg.
Claudia guy says many projects have been identified to improve flooding concerns.
The village of oregon is looking to move a section of the oregon rotary trail because of flooding.
<nat> "there's a good many gallons of water coming through there."
Jeff rau was not avaliable for an on camera interview but says this has been an ongoing matter for over a year but hopefully they see improvement overtime.
Chairperson wayne ace says the flooding from lake barney is not a problem for the town of oregon.
<john brown/property owner> "you can see right here where the basement door... if you want to come this way."
Resident john brown would disagree.
<john brown/property owner> "i mean he better come and look at my house and better talk to me because i have a problem."
These homeowners are looking for a solution before winter comes.
<tom thayer/property owner> "our biggest fear because that is when the ground is frozen and a major rain event or even major snow event that melts fast... mainly a major rain event on frozen ground... everything as far as you can see flows right back here to lake barney marsh area."
The people i talked to say... although the situation isn't getting worse... it's also not getting much better.
They are hoping the governments can come up