Aid given to victims of Illinois flooding

In Watseka, Ill., members worked with the Red Cross and some other local churches to supply more than 12,000 pounds of food to victims of recent flooding in areas served by the Joliet and Peoria Illinois stakes.

The Associated Press reported that heavy rainfall and melting snow from springlike weather caused severe flooding in east-central Illinois, causing the evacution of up to 500 homes. Rivers overflowing their banks crested Jan. 9-10.

Needs are overwhelming, leaving city leaders struggling to find solutions, said President Scott Clark of the Joliet Illinois Stake.

Of a monetary contribution from the Church to help support recovery efforts, President Clark said, "The Red Cross is sincerely grateful. They have asked us to provide food to people housed in shelters."

Flood waters are beginning to recede, but not as fast as anticipated. "We've rented 10 gas-powered pumps and they are in high demand," President Scott told the Church News on Jan. 15.

"The city is eager to get cleaning kits. We estimate that we will need another 500 to be delivered as soon as possible."