LERT volunteers to aid Watseka residents affected by flood

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WATSEKA - Lutheran Early Response Team officials say volunteers from across Illinois will be deployed to Watseka on August 8 to provide aid to people affected by flooding earlier in July.

Officials say 60 square blocks and more than 170 houses were affected by flood waters on July 12, resulting in residents being relocated to shelters due to the conditions.  LERT volunteers will provide support by bringing food, water, and other necessary supplies to individuals affected by the flood.

Central Illinois Lutheran Disaster Response Regional Coordinator Stephen Born also says individuals who are interested in becoming a LERT member will have a chance to attend a training course at the Lutheran School Association in Decatur on August 29.  Registration for the course begins at 8:00 a.m., and class will start at 8:30 a.m.

The cost to attend this six-hour course is $35, and will cover chainsaw applications, muck-out procedures, mold and mildew dangers, proper attire, comfort dogs ministries, and deployments procedures.  Lunch is also covered in the cost, and those who complete the course will receive a disaster response vest, ID badge, certificate of completion, and manual.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/illinoisdisaster?fref=ts.

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