Illinois' tornado season is typically months away, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get ready now. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday put out its annual warning about severe weather preparedness.
IEMA says in addition to a plan, every family and business should have a supply of food, water, medicine, and some emergency supplies. IEMA is also suggesting a weather alert radio to help track storms that may hit the state this spring.
The flood mess in Iroquois County and surrounding area is far from over. And weekend projects will find several volunteer groups stepping up to assist in clean-up efforts. The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency is coordinatring the many volunteer efforts. Info is available in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 815-432-6997.
The Flood Resource Center is open today (Friday) in the former Big R building on W. Walnut Street in Watseka. Several groups and service organizations are available with cleaning materials and cean-up suggestions for homeowners and businesses. The center is open 9 am 'til 9 pm.
The Lutheran Ministries group has muck-out teams available to assist with clean-up. Contact the EOC is register for help.
The Long-Term Recovery Committee is also accepting monetary donations thru the First Trust & Savings Bank in Watseka. A reorganization meeting is planned for Wednesday, March 7 in the bank's conference cenrter at 10 am.
Voluneers are also needed to work with a professional cleaning company to clean uip the Nette Davis School in Watseka. Contact tghe Unit Nine office to get details.... 815-432-4931.
Damage assessments are critical. Homeowners should contact the EOC with questions.
Historic legislation goes into effect this Sunday. Governor Eric Holcomb has signed a bill into law that legalized carryout alcohol on Sundays for Indiana. This ends the prohibition-era ban. As Holcomb signed the law, he said "cheers".
The long-term recovery committee. that assisted flood victims dating back to the 2008 flood, is again organizing to assist this year's families affected. A special reorganizational meeting is set for Wednesday, March 7 at 10 am at the First Trust & Savings Bank conference room in Watseka.
Black History Month wrapped up yesterday (Wed). And a celebration in Pembroke Township recognized a few of its own citizens. The Daily-Journal reported, four of Pembroke’s most-respected senior citizens were honored at a two-hour community celebration Saturday.
Mrs. Lucille Hayes, 96, a retired Pembroke school teacher; 99-year-old Clote Murray,; 87-year-old Louis Barnes, pastor of St. Anne Woods Chapel; and 90-year-old John Ray Bender.
Julia Brewer, a member of the CARES organization, organized the event. CARES is an acronym for Children, Arts, Recreational, Enrichment and Social Services. Brewer has been a community resident since 1955.