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Even though a judge ruled against it, Rock Island is moving forward with plans to build Jumer's Crossing.

Rock Island wants to dig up and move a levee that protects parts of Big Island and the Village of Milan.

Residents and Milan leaders said that would cause flooding and sued the City of Rock Island. Last night we told you they won.

Now those residents are saying they can finally breathe easier knowing their levee won't be touched.

"If it ain't broke don't mess with it," said Big Island resident Gus Sims.

He's been living on Big Island for 17 years. In all of his time here, he's never had water inside his home and he said he doesn't plan to.

"If you got something that's working for so many years since 1965 it went in, why would you even want to mess with it?" said Sims. "That doesn't even make sense."

But the property that Rock Island purchased and is trying to build on is right behind his house and he's worried water could still come at him if they decide to develop the businesses there.

"What they want to do, big parking lots and malls and everything over here," said Sims. "They're going to put all that concrete and then where's that water going to go? It's coming to come right at us."

Other residents of Big Island spoke out about the issue:

"I'm really happy that the ruling came that way because this is such a nice area for everybody to be in and I just did not want to see that much traffic," said Timothy Miller.

"Rock Island can't take care of Rock Island. That's the reason. If they take care of this like they do that, some of those roads. It's bad. They don't even have any business down there anymore. So why do they want to come down here?" said Jennie Daniels who's lived on Big Island for 51 years.

But Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley said they're appealing the court ruling.

"We know we're going to continue on. We're not going to stop at this point," said Mayor Pauley. "We think there's some good things we can do. We know we can do an excellent project and it would be good for Rock Island and the entire Quad Cities, so we're going to push forward."

Yesterday we talked to Milan Mayor Duane Dawson after the decision from the judge came down. He said he's happy they won the lawsuit.

"We're not in any way standing in the way of any development, but my first duty is to protect the citizens of Milan," said Mayor Dawson.

For now residents said they're just glad the levee won't be modified.

"I'm happy. I'm happier than a two headed billy goat," said Sims.

Mayor Dawson said this lawsuit has cost them over $100,000 in legal fees and they will try to recoup that money from Rock Island.

The City of Rock Island has 30 days to file their appeal.

 

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