Shelter reopens to help flooding victims

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Flooding in Vermilion County forced many out of their homes, so one church is opening its doors to give them a place to stay. 

More rain is expected in the next few days. Red Cross partnered with Battle Focus Ministries to re-open an overnight shelter. It’s after the temporary shelter in the Palmer Arena closed during the weekend. 

Social service organizations actually paid for five families to stay in hotels while the Red Coss found another place for the shelter. When Battle Focus Ministries found out they needed a new place to stay, the church offered up its space. 

Vermilion County was declared a disaster area. More than five inches of rain fell last week, destroying many people’s homes, leaving some with no place to go except a temporary shelter. 

Church secretary Mildred Carter says, “It’s hard when you seem like you’re losing everything at one time. We have to work together and stick together. We don’t have much and we’re a small church, but we’re small and mighty so we come together and we make it.” 

The Red Cross says it doesn’t know how long the shelter will stay open. It depends on the need. 

Governor Bruce Rauner put a request in for federal assistance for the flooding victims, but before people get any sort of help, the government has to come out and do damage assessments on properties. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says he doesn’t know when that might happen. 

After Wednesday, parts of Central Illinois will have seen the wettest February on record since records began in 1888. 

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