Seniors welcomed home four months after historic flooding

LA VALLE, Wis (WMTV) - It is finally homecoming for eight seniors in La Valle who lost their homes during last August’s historic flooding.

On Aug. 28, many homes and businesses in the Sauk Co. area were flooded out, including the Central Park Apartments in downtown La Valle.

Charity Sobeck and her husband Rockie have worked together to oversee the complex for decades.

“People laugh at me because they say you’ve helped to build the building, you are managing the building and doing the administrative work- what’s left is to live in the building,” Charity Sobeck said.

When the eight residents living in the apartment building were left without a home, the couple took it upon themselves to fix up the place.

“There were two hard parts to this whole entire process. The first was seeing the devastation and watching them move out. The ladies and the gentleman, they do mean a lot. Seeing them having to throw away so much of their lifelong belongings broke our hearts,” she said.

Sobeck said the second hardest part was the financial end of the project.

“This is a low income to moderate income subsidized housing and non-profit. It’s owned by the village, but there aren’t always funding available to do this,” she said.

Mary Anderson, one of the residents at the apartment complex, said she has lived there for more than 15 years and is glad to be back.

“It’s the last time I am going to come back after a flood!” Anderson said.
Rockie Sobeck said rebuilding was a long process, as they had to work on eight small homes within one building.

“It’s been a struggle for everybody, but the community has really come together,” he said.

Sobeck said they will host an open house on Saturday to formally show community members and volunteers who helped the finished project.