New Holland resident Juanita Merck worries how she will get her bedridden 96-year-old mother to safety if it floods again in Milliken Mill Village.
The village is behind New Holland Elementary School and below some doctor offices in Gainesville. A failing 100-year-old stormwater management system and water runoff from the city development has caused sinkholes and property damage, residents said.
James Gilmer has lived on Mill Street in Milliken Mill Village since 1957. He loves the neighborhood, judging by the intimate way he knows all of its nooks and crannies and all of the people he can identify by name. His yard has several sinkholes, lined with small red flags to prevent people from falling in.
The neighborhood has seen about four floods since the beginning of the year. His wife, Jan, had her car flooded in an earlier flood, water rising to the floorboards. Last month, water reached his truck’s running boards.
The water goes under the houses, causing problems. The neighbor’s dog recently fell into a large sinkhole on the Gilmer property.