Edwards residents devastated by flood waters, clean up begins

By Audrey Williams

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM CDT

EDWARDS, Ill -- Water have receded in Edwards leaving behind massive devastation for its residents.

Residents in Edwards say the waters rose so quickly they only had time to save themselves.

"The water came in within probably 30 minutes, didn't have time to get anything out," said Bill Homan who came to help his daughter with cleanup efforts.

Thursday afternoon several feet of water covered the main level of his daughter's home, by Friday mid-morning the water was gone.

"I would say it's totaled. The foundation is gone, everything inside, it's just devastating," said Homan, choking up while surveying the damage.

About two dozen homeowners in the low-lying area of Edwards are facing similar situations. Employees at the Edwards tap could only watch Thursday as the waters rose.

"This window right behind me it came up to the window. Inside the water line is about 5 feet high," said Sara Southey, a bartender at Edwards Tap

Employees, friends and customers are lending a hand cleaning up, saving anything they can.

"I mean we can salvage the appliances or anything like that it won't be as bad, but if we can't salvage any of that we're just...thousands and thousands of dollars," said Southey.

Residents and volunteers say they can't do this alone. Besides a utility crew they have not gotten any help from the county or state.

"I would have thought there would have been some representatives here already. Unfortunately, there hasn't been yet. Hopefully we can get this stuff taken care and these people can get on with their lives," said Dennis Homan, there to help his niece.

It seems only time and hard work will get their lives back to normal.

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