Last Thursday floodwaters rose rapidly in western portions of Fairbury. In what has been termed a 'hundred year flood' the only thing that ran faster than the flood waters was...rumors.
As early as 8 a.m. on Thursday local officials were being bombarded with statements noting either the dam or the flood control dyke that surrounds Fairbury, or both, had ruptured. While rapidly rising water filled many homes and basements west of the Union Pacific tracks Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk told the Journal-News he had heard the rumors but could not substantiate any of them.
"The water was rising so fast we really couldn't see what was going on at the dam," he said.
But according to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury the rumors were all just that...rumors. She said the systems put in place to protect Fairbury did not fail.