Chillicothe flood victims get answers to questions

By Audrey Williams

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill -- Residents in Chillicothe and some surrounding areas got some answers Monday night to their flood related questions.

As some residents start the clean up process in Chillicothe and others will soon as waters recede, many have questions.

Monday night, Peoria County officials came together to discuss everything from debris clean up, permits to rebuild and sludge issues.

"That's what they tried to stress here quite a bit tonight, was safety, especially with the electricity and the gas and all that, to make sure that they're safe before they go back in and that the foundations are okay in order to go back in," said Vicky Turner, the director of the Peoria County Emergency Management.

Darlene Kumpf of Chillicothe says this is hers 11th flood, "For us that's been through it a long time, it seems to be a little bit easier. We know what to expect. But there is an awful lot of people who have never gone through a flood. You could see from the show of hands earlier that probably almost half of the people had never been in one and those are the people that I really feel sorry for because they didn't know what to expect."

Residents there did say they were thankful for both the outside help and outpouring of support within the community.

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