Red Cross helps Metro East families impacted by flooding -

Red Cross helps Metro East families impacted by flooding

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( – The constant rain and impending flooding has caused the American Red Cross to provide shelters for families who have nowhere else to go.

The shelter has been set up at the Namioki United Methodist Church in Granite City for residents who are being evacuated from the Village Green Mobile Home Park a few miles away in Pontoon Beach.

“The water was up since yesterday, but you would have thought maybe it would have been down by now,” said Annette Compton who was affected by the flooding. “But as it kept on raining, the more it got up.”

Residents are trying to come to grips with being forced from their homes at the mobile park.

“We’ve been monitoring this all day. Ameren is going to be out here to shut the power off,” said Mayor Mike Pagano. “Water has been getting up into the transformers which could cause a serious situation.”

At the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department, volunteers are busy filling sandbags to help hold back water.

“Water is just everywhere,” said Bill Carr, another flood victim. “It’s on Georgetown. It’s on Lake Drive. It’s everywhere.” Carr is creating a barrier at his house to keep the water out of his basement.

As of now, about 50 residents are taking advantage of the shelter and Mayor Pagano expects it to be open for at least two days. 

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