Congressman Schock applauds community effort in Roanoke

By Chad Weber

April 22, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM CDT

ROANOKE, Ill. -- The water levels in Roanoke have receded allowing damage to be assessed.

Congressman Aaron Schock and local officials toured the area to survey the damage.

Woodford county is one of the 38 counties declared a state disaster area by Governor Quinn.

Roanoke has applied for federal assistance which would help with roads and infrastructure.

But those with damage to their homes will have to rely on themselves and the kindness of others.

"This town has shown what true community spirit is all about," said Congressman Aaron Schock. "These guys, you wouldn't know there was a flood here two days ago. The streets are cleaned up. A lot of the damage has already been cleaned up. They are really pulling together."

"We have had a lot of people stopping by to offer help," said Stephen Farrens who came from Ohio to help work on his grandparents house. "We have had some construction materials donated and some labor donated. My grandparents didn't have flood insurance so they are depending on friends, family, and the community to help them out here."

Roanoke Mayor Bob Huschen said about a dozen people were displaced after the flood.

Many homes near Panther Creek have serious foundation issues.

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