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Multi-agency resource center helps flood victims in Hancock County

The flood water has been gone for weeks now, but the clean up is just getting started in some communities along the Mississippi river.

Some people along the river in Hancock County are dealing with water in homes and garages, mold, mud and many other problems.

They said it can be hard to get a handle on these problems, which is why they’re grateful that they aren’t going through it alone.

Residents said there’s mud on the roads, mold under homes and a lot of debris, following the flood.

“That’s what we’re dealing with now and wondering what we’re going to do with all of these bags,” Dallas City resident Cherly Clark said.

Clark lives along the river in Dallas City, Illinois. She said dealing with the aftermath of the flood is harder than she expected.

“What you don’t see is like the damage,” Clark said. “It didn’t reach inside the house, but you have the moisture from the basement that you have to let fill up so far for the pressure. Then you have mold underneath the flooring and the carpet.”

Clark said it’s what’s after the flood that people don’t think about.

“The moisture goes up to the first floor, which I’m dealing with in the house,” Clark said.

It’s those problems that brought her and many other Dallas City residents to the multi-agency resource center on Thursday to get the help they need from several different state agencies.

“This is a multi-agency resource center where different agencies from around the state can come in and see if they can help them out with anything,” Hancock County Emergency Services Coordinator Jack Curfman said. “Give them some advice or direction on where to go for the help they’re looking for.”

Officials with IEMA, the Red Cross and other emergency management agencies were there to help with things including insurance and financial concerns.

“We did get cleanup kits from there today for the clean up of the basement and house,” Clark said.

She said it’s help like this that got her through, along with neighbors.

“Thankfully, we had my family come and very close friends,” Clark said. “They’re the ones that saved this house, saved this place again.”

If you weren’t able to make it to resource center on Thursday, you can call your local Red Cross for assistance.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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