In the last few years, the Iles House has experienced flooding on several occasions due to "100 year floods." In 2010, the museum level of the House was inundated when flood water over-topped the south lawn, flowed onto the patio and into the House. In August 2014, storm water again flowed into the House, covering the Museum floor.
We have studied the problem and now realize that Springfield's storm sewers, many built over 100 years ago, fill up and fail to handle runoff. Rainwater then flows along streets and through low areas of the city. The intersection of 7th and Cook streets is one of the hardest hit low spots in the city.
Spearheaded by Logan McMinn, a plan has been developed to help protect the House from future flooding. Soil berms along the south wooden sidewalk and flower gardens will soon be constructed to protect the House.