Small towns struggle to fight floods with limited resources
By Andy Devine, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
Smaller communities across the Tri-States are having a tougher time finding the resources and manpower to fight floods.
A small group of volunteers continued to fill and put sandbags on the levees in Niota, Illinois Friday. Organizers say they're monitoring the levees to make sure there aren't any boils that could cause leaks.
According to officials, there are about 40 homes and a half a dozen businesses that would be in danger if the levee breaches.
Niota doesn't have an official levee district so officials say they rely on volunteers to create a game plan when floods are expected.
"We have to," volunteer Steve Weaver said. "We get a lot of volunteers and it's very nice, but we are a very small community and it's very important for us to be out here."
Crews have closed Highway 96 a few miles east of Niota because of flooding in Pontoosuc, Illinois.
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