Iroquois County Begins Recovery Stage

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IROQUOIS COUNTY – The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) says the community at large will enter the recovery stage, and they have released information for those affected.

Families are advised to contact insurance companies, qualified inspectors and contractors and their landlords upon returning home. Landlords are responsible for taking care of their property if applicable. A qualified electrician or plumber must inspect a home and leave a receipt before Ameren and Nicor can reconnect electricity or gas.

Mold is a possible threat when returning to a flooded home. Information about mold in homes can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health site here. Residents should also be aware of predatory contractors. Contact the Watseka City Hall for a list of approved contractors. Homes should also be inspected before bringing pets back.

A number of entities will be gathering donations for flood victims. Food can be donated at a local food pantry. Summer clothing is being gathered by Angel Tree in Milford. Furniture can be donated to either the Harbor House or Salvation Army. Money is welcome at any preferred charity.

Damage assessment teams will be Watseka on Saturday, July 18 and possibly Sunday, July 19. Team members will be wearing proper identification. They will leave informational flyers for those who are not home.

Private wells should be tested. Test kits are available at the Iroquois County Public Health Department office.

The City of Watseka will be removing debris starting Tuesday, July 21. Officials will only be picking up damaged household goods. More information is available on the city’s Facebook pages and web sites. Curfews in remaining areas have been lifted as of 6 AM on July 18.

Those working on their homes should wear appropriate protective equipment as well as apply bug spray and sun screen. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not be in the area. Local officials are attempting to acquire federal assistance at this time.

Additional information will be released through trusted news sources. Full copies of press releases are available at the Iroquois County website here, the City of Watseka website here and the Watseka Police Department and Watseka Fire Department Facebook pages.

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