Residents, businesses along Illinois River continue to deal with high water

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Residents and businesses along the Illinois River are still feeling the impact from flooding as water remains high.
In Florence, Illinois, residents said despite the problems the flood is causing, they’re going to make it through.

“We have about 12 to 17 inches in the basement,” Florence resident Sally Dietsch said.

Residents in Florence, Illinois, are still dealing with high water.

“The poor people in town, we’ve lost two or three people who had to move out of their homes and I can’t imagine cleaning that mess up, that’s a big job for anybody in their homes,” Dietsch said.

Dietsch lives next to the Riverbank Bar and Grill, a place she’s familiar with.

“I think they had 24 inches in the tavern, which we sold a year ago, thank God,” Dietsch said. “I don’t think I could have cleaned it up again, plus, the basement.”

Dietsch said in her 35 years of living in Florence, this flood is considered a big one and she’s glad to see the town come together during a difficult time like this.

“The people are great,” Dietsch said. “This is a small community and if they need anything, we’re here for them.”

“I remember back in ’93 when I was helping my dad, when I was still in high school, and we were in the boat taking the sandbags up and down the river, so I can only imagine what it’s like right now,” Winchester resident Stephanie Crews said.

Crews came from Winchester to check out the high water, something she said she’ll remember.

“Yes, it’s going to go down in the record books, I’m sure,” Crews said.

Meanwhile, for residents, like Dietsch, she said there’s nothing she can do but be patient and remain positive.

“There’s beauty in all things,” Dietsch said. “My ducks are here every day with their babies. It’s amazing what we go through, but if you love the river, that’s what you put up with.”

Dietsch said when the water goes down, she plans to clean her basement with a pump.
She said she also is going to check on the Riverboat Bar and Grill regularly and if anyone needs help with flood damage, she is there to help.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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