Organizations pull together to help flood victims clean up

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WATSEKA, Ill. (WCIA) — Dozens in Iroquois County are grateful for the help they’ve gotten, as floodwaters across Central Illinois continue to recede.

Record rainfall last month left more than a hundred families in Watseka trying to recover. They’re all helping each other the best they can.

Today several organizations handed out supplies to families who are trying to clean up.

Those families say at one of their lowest points, they’re thankful everyone is here to help.

“We’ve just all been dealing with this and continuously dealing with these floods.”
But for many this time around, the flooding was much worse.

“I had five inches of water in my home”

Jeffrey Seipp says this is the first time he’s had water flow into his home.

“I rolled up in a boat.”

“If I would have been able to fit my boat through my front door I would have been able to sit in my boat in my front room.”

He says his house has taken serious damage..

“Now I lost my house, I don’t know where I’m staying and I don’t know if I’ll have a house by the time I’m done.”

It’s why WIQI, the county public health department, Salvation Army and other organizations have come together to help.

“When your community hurts, we wanted to be able to help out the best we could, and I know people had to get cleaning supplies to get back into their homes, or try to get back into their homes, the ones that were devastated by this flood.”

It’s a gesture that many won’t forget..

“These wonderful people all around town have been kicking in and helping people, it’s a real good community everybody gets together and helps everybody.”

Help that holds back the feeling of dread for a little longer.

“It’s just upsetting, we’re all losing our homes. It’s a pain in the butt, because they get displaced and next thing you know we’re losing a lot of good people in this community.”

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