Roanoke Village Appeals for Help

By Denise Jackson

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM CDT

ROANOKE,IL--In Roanoke authorities say the flooded Panther Creek not only forced some residents out of their homes but damaged municipal buildings and equipment.
Roanoke is one of four areas hit hardest.

"This is really a devastating blow, but it's something that we can recover from we're just gonna need a lot of help," said Roanke Mayor Bob Huschen.

From the looks of conditions it is pretty clear that cleanup could take a while. Panther Creek flooding forced about a dozen Roanoke residents out of an apartment building Wednesday evening and into a temporary shelter overnight. Parts of Main Street and other roads nearby were closed due to flooding. Ambulance crews helping with evacuations returned to find nearly two inches of mud and water inside the building.

"We're still in the process of trying to figure out if we're gonna run in this shed or move to an alternate location," said Roanoke Ambulance Department Emergency Medical Technician Troy Schuler.

Panther Creek runs throughout the village of Roanoke behind several homes, and part of the foundation at one house on Randolph Street has come apart. The resident Lloyd and Lorrain DeGiovanni and their daughter were among those evacuated and taken to a shelter.

"This is the worst we've ever had. I've never seen the creek get that high, that fast. They talk about flash floods, that was a flash flood," he said.

Emergency crews say no one was injured and add despite problems resulting from nearly 6 feet of flooding in some areas,only a handful of homes sustained major damages.

Anyone interested in helping clean up Roanoke should call the village hall at 923-3661.

On Friday, emergency shelters are prepared to take in more stranded residents in Roanoke.

The Fire Chief says as waters recede, more house foundations are washing away.

Even ambulance personnel are being re-stationed since the department took a brutal hit.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to help clean up the town, starting at 8:30 Friday morning at the American Legion at 121 N Main St, Roanoke. Phone number is (309) 923-7092.

Those in need of assistance are urged to meet at there at 8:00 a.m. Friday.