Iroquois County Times-Republic: Officials visit Red Cross shelter to see impact of flooding

Watseka residents who were staying at the Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church got a visit from local, state and federal officials Thursday night.

Governor Bruce Rauner stopped by, along with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, State Sen. Jason Barickman and State Rep. Tom Bennett. Several county and city office holders also were in tow.

“I just wanted to express my condolences to all those who are experiencing troubles in the flooding,” Rauner said. “We want to do what we can for the community.” He said this includes making sure there is everything from state personnel to more sandbags.

“I want to thank the first responders and all the volunteers of the Red Cross.” He said it’s important at this time to keep morale up and make sure people get what they need.

“Unfortunately, it’s not a first,” said Barickman of Watseka’s flooding. He said local officials, as well as volunteers, have been doing a good job on staying on task in helping the community.

Cindy Clark, volunteer with the Red Cross, is heading the Watseka shelter.

She said last night there were about 100 people staying at the shelter, most all of them from Watseka.

There hasn’t been any problems in getting things set up and going, she said. “There’s been a lot of good help and generosity from the people of Watseka.”

Area business, grocery stores, IMH and churches have all stepped up to help, he said. “It’s been really fantastic.

The only suggestion of something needed is donations of money to the American Red Cross. She said it can be donated online, looking to specifically give money to Watseka and Iroquois County.



The full article and photos can be found on the Times-Republic website here.