News of another possible flood soaks in at London Mills

By Anna Yee

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 7:08 PM CDT

LONDON MILLS, Ill. -- Mary Thompson is still picking up the pieces from last month's flood that filled the basement of her London Mills home with 50 inches of water.

"The hardest part was knowing where to start," said Thompson. "It was sort of the-- just took your breath away."

Luckily, Thompson is getting some monetary assistance from FEMA, but she's still living without hot water, air conditioning, and heat.

And now she's preparing for the possibility of another flood, as are officials with the Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.

"With this rain, it hasn't gotten too bad," said John Lund, the Assistant Director of the Fulton Co. ESDA. "We're concerned about Route 9 right now because we do have a fairly decent sized breach on the levee down there."

The Spoon River is expected to crest at about 20 feet at London Mills on Wednesday, nearly five feet above flood stage.

The whole area around Knox Highway 39 was submerged about a month ago.

Although authorities say the flooding is more mild this time, if you see standing water, put on the brakes.

"I believe it was actually 2010 here and also about a mile or so away from here out in the county, there was also a fatality," said London Mills Police Chief Scott Keithley," (from) people driving across the water, and their cars got sucked into the river."

Chief Keithley says he expects the levee to accommodate the upcoming increase in river levels, helping residents like Thompson stay calm and dry while they continue to recover from the aftermath of the past flood.

Residents and business owners still in need of federal assistance due to the flooding should call 1-800-621-FEMA or visit