Flood victims hoping for relief

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Hundreds of homes have been damaged or even destroyed after flooding across central Illinois. Now people are surveying the damage and seeing where they can go from here.  
For some, like people in Watseka, that means waiting for the water to go down. And for others, like people in Danville, it means seeing what they can salvage. 

Karen Torrez is one of those people.  

“I started crying. I’ve had a nervous breakdown already.”

It wasn’t the flood that got to her. It’s what she saw after the three feet of water in her home receded. 

“Our fridge was on it’s side. All the food was out. Our freezer was the same way. Washer was on it’s side.”

She has no flood insurance, no savings and no place to go. 

“We have no family here. There’s nobody here.”

The Vermilion County EMA says she’s one of more than 30 that evacuated their homes last week. The state has declared the county a disaster area and it’s now waiting to hear from FEMA on whether the federal government can help. Any money could allow people like Torrez to rebuild. But even then, EMA says there are risks. 

“Use local contractors you know and trust that are recommended by you.” 

He says tragedy attracts scammers, the last thing a flood victim needs. 

“The people in Danville, they can call the mayor’s office if they want information on contractors.”

As for Torrez she’s not thinking that far ahead yet. She’s still just praying the government can help.  

“I hope they do. Because we’ve lost so much.”

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