State News
7:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Clean up continues after last month's floods

Clean-up continues after last month's floods. IPR’S Jenna Dooley has more on efforts in LaSalle County where hundreds of students are still in temporary classrooms:
JoEllen Fuller laughs nervously when asked how last month's floods damaged Marseilles Elementary School:

"Oh Boy. It was horrible. It was just devastating. Everything has been removed. We just have a shell." 

Fuller is the Superintendent of the Marseilles School District. More than 600 students were displaced and are now at three different locations including a local church. Marseilles was the hardest hit in LaSalle County. Assessment teams wrapped up their work over the weekend. That's according to LaSalle County Emergency Management Director Connie Brooks. 

"What they need to do now with that information is to submit that information to the Governor and see if enough major and damaged homes that are uninsured loss would qualify for an individual assistance federal declaration." 

Meanwhile, barge traffic resumed this month along a portion of the Illinois River near Marseilles where several barges sunk last month as a result of heavy rains.