Fear of flooding brings community together

By Alyssa Donovan

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 9:19 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill.-- One community is coming together in hopes of deterring the flood waters from damaging their city.

Chillicothe is no stranger to floods but the town is coming together to make sure there is as little damage as possible to the homes along the Illinois River.

The parking lot of Illinois Valley Central high school was packed on Friday with students and faculty filling sandbags.

School officials say thousands of sandbags have already been made and delivered to homes along the riverfront.

IVC teacher Hailee Wiesbrock says all of the 700 students will be helping with the efforts at some point today.

Weisbrock said, "We have teachers out here who are supervising all day long. We have people from the community coming with trucks and vans, anything we can do to get the sand down there as quickly and efficiently as possible. The students are working really hard. They were so willing it's so cool it makes me so proud."

IVC student Alyssa Horack said, "I think it's awesome that we have all these people that are willing to do it. I mean it helps that it's the end of the year so all the classes are starting to close out but it's awesome that we have all of these people out here helping us."

School officials say the parking lot will be used throughout the weekend for sandbagging efforts, and encourages community members to come and lend a hand.

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