STORY: A Community Bands Together

Peoria, IL Flooding

Tony and Alice Roy brace for impact as waters inch closer to their home.

Living along the Illinois River in East Peoria, this is not the first time this family has experienced flooding, but not of this magnitude.

“This has been the worst compared to 2008 and 2009 and it’s gonna get worse,” said Alice Roy.

The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter has a shelter set up in their neighborhood at the River’s Edge Methodist Church to prepare for what’s to come.

“We appreciate it – it was a blessing,” said Alice Roy. “The Red Cross is our family.”

BJ Watkins, who lives in the same neighborhood, says it is nice to see everyone pulling together in this time of need.
“You got to have a good spirit to live in a place like this,” said Watkins.

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