Marseilles

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The city of Marseilles, Ill., will get more than a million dollars in a settlement reached with Ingram Barge Company over damage caused by extensive flooding in April 2013.  The Ottawa Times reports the city’s mayor announced the settlement Wednesday night at a city council meeting.

Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Media

Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties -- but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses.

Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove yesterday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. 

He says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse.

The LaSalle County city of Marseilles has issued a voluntary evacuation because of rising floodwaters.

Emergency officials don’t expect the river to rise to levels that would require a mandatory evacuation. But under their flood plans, once the Illinois River hits flood stage, 19 feet, people in areas damaged by floods in 2013 are advised to leave their homes. Or at least keep a close eye on the rising water.

They were notified by automated phone messages.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It was a year ago today torrential rains triggered a disaster along the Illinois River in LaSalle County. Seven barges crashed into a dam in Marseilles, causing millions of dollars in damage.  

Guy Stephens

In May, JoEllen Fuller told WNIJ her school was just a shell.  She's the Superintendent of the Marseilles School District. The school sustained major damage during spring flooding.

"Dry wall had to be removed. If there was any kind of mold, it had to be removed. Everything has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected," Fuller said.

After the flood, more than 600 students were displaced and moved to a local church and an old high school. Fuller says most students will be back in the main building by the time school starts August 21st.

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