Red Cross installs Pike County service center for flood victims

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PITTSFIELD, IL (WGEM) — Water along the Illinois River continues to recede, but that doesn’t mean everything is back to normal just yet.

Volunteers with the Red Cross said flooding impacts more than just peoples’ homes and jobs.

Volunteers with the Red Cross set up a service site in Pittsfield, Illinois, to help flood victims who are need of financial help, counseling for those recovering from trauma, along with other resources.

Janet Bowen with the American Red Cross said often times, people are in need of cleaning supplies, financial support or prescription medicine, after losing many things to the flood.

She said this flood impacted many people along the Illinois River and they’re doing their best to help anyone who needs it.

“This is really impacting quite a few people,” Bowen said. “It’s a long, hard, stressful situation that is very difficult sometimes to overcome and it impacts not only the adults, but the children as well because they’re having to live through it.”

Bowen said the Red Cross has been stopping in numerous locations to help those in need since March.
She said they’re going to continue to set up service sites around the area.

The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations for people impacted by the flood on its website.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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