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Community collects flood relief donations as residents wait for river to recede

Water may be receding along the Illinois River, but that doesn’t mean things are anywhere near back to normal.

For homeowners, farmers and volunteers, the flood fight is still in full force.

Up and down the Illinois River, residents are still dealing with high water and others are depending on the levees to hold strong.

Officials and residents said there’s still a lot of work to do to help those in need.

The water is slowly going down, but for people who live along the Illinois River, nothing is back to normal yet.

Residents in Pearl, Illinois, are still using boats to get to their homes. Although the main road in Florence, Illinois, is open, businesses are still submerged by water.

It’s struggles like these that people have noticed, causing them to take action.

“I started seeing the needs for help, so I started putting the word out there, trying to get as much assistance as I possibly could and told people whatever you can give, is going to be helpful,” Ace Hardware Manager Tim Roach said.

Roach manages the Ace Hardware in Pittsfield, which is a drop-off location for flood relief donations.

“It’s important that people try and help each other out,” Roach said. “Down there, a lot of people have lost their jobs or not been able to get to their jobs and some of their jobs are under water, so they can’t work for food and supplies and they need some assistance.”

Members of the Illinois National Guard are still doing their part, too.

“We’re basically patrolling the levees to make sure there’s no boils coming up through the levees, make sure there’s no rodents digging holes,” Sgt. Blake Kirschbaum with the Illinois National Guard said.

Kirschbaum said they’re working hard, so farmers can continue working in their fields.

“We have found quite a few boils the past few days, but we’ve been able to stop them,” Kirschbaum said.

For now, communities coming together to fight the flood.

“It’s always good to do something because in the future, if we need help, they’ll come and help us as well,” Roach said.

There are five donation drop-off areas in Pike County. In Pittsfield, you can go to the Dollar General, John Wood Community College Southeast Education Center or the Save A Lot store.

You can drop off donations in Pleasant Hill at the pool and the church.

The donations collected are going to help those in need along the Illinois River. Roach said he is driving donations down to Calhoun County, along with other communities impacted along the way.



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