SKELLINGER CREEK

"New London Village and farmers living on land all around here for about ten miles, began on Wednesday to count the damage from flood waters which backed up into the western half of the village and inundated farm lands from here to Rochester, following three days of almost continous rain. More than six inches of rain had fallen in this area prior to Tuesday evening, causing Skellinger Creek which drains the western half of the village to overflow its banks into the village streets, flooding basements of residences and business houses, and causing much damage. Many lawns on First Street were under several inches of water, with water a foot deep running down the center of the street. The grounds of the New London Hospital were under water and part of the basement of one of the buildings of the C.E. Ward Co. was flooded. The ditch along the east side of the village, being larger than the Skellinger Creek, was able to carry off all the water without overflowing its banks.
Older residents here said this was only the second time in nearly fifty years that the Skellinger Creek had flooded the western part of the village. The greatest damage however was to crops on farms around here, as wheat, oats and corn, just beginning to show through the ground were almost washed out. The flood seemed to be confined mostly to the southeastern section of Huron County, while heavy rains were reported as far north as Milan and west to Fremont. There was no damage in Fitchville or Clarksfield Townships nor none in Greenwich or Ruggles. Savannah saw no rain at all. Area farmers are reporting heavy losses." This happened on June 30th, 1940 and Skellinger Creek has flooded over its banks several times since then.
The 1969 flooding was probably the worst of all and just two years ago it went over again for a short time. Work is beginning at the present time to clean out Skellinger Creek to keep down the flooding during heavy rains. However, the creek will probably always be a problem in the village. By the way, the other "ditch " on the east side of town is known as 'Bonney Creek". It hasn't been quite as "troublesome " as Skellinger Creek has been through the years.

VK. Neel from a 1940 New London Record article.