First responders lend a helping hand to Watseka radio station during flooding


A Watseka radio station is saying thank you to local firefighters for their help in keeping them on the air during the recent flooding in Iroquois County. 

WGFA-FM worked hard to remain on the air giving news updates as the floodwaters rose in late February. Staff at the station continued broadcasting even as water levels rose around the outside of the studio. Despite the rising water, Station Manager Jenny Loyd knew it was important for them to remain on the air. 

“I don’t think it was a choice, we just have to be to work. I really didn’t think much about it.” says Loyd 

Once the roads became impassable, the Watseka Fire Department and Limestone Township Fire Protection District stepped in to ferry staff to and from the station. Once water levels eventually reached dangerous levels, they were also able to help staff get out of the station. It is something that staff at the station says meant a lot. 

“I can’t express how wonderful it is for everyone to gather together.” says Loyd. 

Despite the high water outside the station, WGFA was spared from any major damage. While they did see damage to some electrical equipment, water did not reach inside of the studio building. 

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