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.
Northern Jasper County faced threatening floodwaters over the weekend, causing at least two serious levee breaks that endangered nearby homes. The flood alert prompted calls for rescue and volunteers.
Early reports may have exaggerated the potential danger to communities. By Tuesday, the state government became involved, declaring an emergency for 22 Indiana counties. Several state and county routes were closed due to flooding.
The NWS reported the Kankakee River flooding will be on radar for at least another week.
Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s a common theme when disaster strikes. And several community folks and organizations have again leaned on each other for help ---following another flood in Iroquois County.
The flood waters of Sugar Creek and the Iroquois River have receded. Now clean-up is underway. And there’s weeks and months of work ahead to get people back to something called normal.
The City of Watseka is pressing ahead. Mayor John Allhands praises the community and county and city leaders for their efforts helping flood victims. As clean-up continues, debris clean-up, damage assessments, and moral support is the order of business.
Watseka ended its curfew, which limited overnight activity from 9p til 4a. The city’s disaster declaration was extended for 30 days. Iroquois County officials will likely do the same.
Besides Watseka, Cissna Park, Milford and Woodland were all hard-hit by the flood waters. Several rural locations also experienced high waters. Damage assessments are being coordinated by the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
Mayor Allhands commends the many groups who stepped up to offer assistance. He also praised the city department leaders for the guidance at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The county’s EMA office is coordinating follow-up assistance. Those in need can call 815-432-6997.
Local officials are warning citizens of potential scammers at work as flood clean-up picks up. Those in need of getting their lives back together need to be aware of people who may not have your best interests in mind.
Flood victims can get a list of reputable home repair businesses from city and county officials. Victims are advised to do business with those you know.
Often times, people come calling to your home regarding trees that are unsafe or damaged. Foundations inspections are common. The list can add up.
WATCH FOR FLOOD SCAMS is the advice from law enforcement.
Before you allow anyone on your property to do any type of work, check them out. Background checks are suggested. Be cautious. Check their credentials. If they are, in fact, with a power company; call that company to verify. If they are a contractor, call your local city/county leaders to verify their registration.
If you have elderly family members, share this information with them and suggest they contact you to verify the story before they allow work to be done or give anyone money. Anyone feeling threatened should call 9-1-1.
A four-vehicle pile-up in Iroquois County Tuesday killed a Lafayette, IN man and injured two others. 75-year-old Glenn Kolzow was pronounced dead at an area hospital following the crash.
Illinois State Police reported Kolzow’s vehicle was rear-ended by a semi tractor-trailer while stopped in traffic on Illinois Route 1 near Wellington.
Police report showed Kolzow had stopped for a stop sign and was waiting for traffic to clear when his vehicle was hit in the rear by the semi, driven by a suburban Chicago man. The impact pushed Kolzow’s vehicle into two others traveling in the opposite direction.
The 53-year-old semi driver, Kenneth Swanson of Midlothian, escaped injury. He was ticketed for failure to reduce speed. The other two drivers were 29-year-old Seth Moody of Danville and 42-year-old David Chin of Urbana. Chin and a passenger, 70-year-old Stephen Robbins of Rantoul, were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The accident happened just after 11 am at County Road 500N.