Overnight on June 26 and 27, the towns of Steger and Crete (Illinois), which are south suburb communities in our Northern Illinois District, had 6-8 inches of torrential rain that caused flood damage to approximately 400 homes. The Will County Emergency Management Agency Director has determined there are approximately 180 homes in Steger that sustained major damage from flood waters.
Lutheran Church Charities has been invited by Pastor Craig Meissner of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Steger, Illinois to come and assist many of his congregation and community members in their flood recovery process. Pastor Meissner has many families in his congregation, including himself, that had several feet of water in their homes.
On Wednesday, July 31, Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, is assessing the area with Pastor Meissner and leading a LERT flood clean-up workday on Saturday, August 3. LERT teams anticipate returning several more days to assist homeowners. Many homes are still in need of mucking and gutting of flooded walls, flooring and personal items, as well as mold remediation. Other homeowners will need help with rebuilding.
Your donations to the LCC Disaster Response Fund are greatly needed to help LCC LERT teams continue to physically assist homeowners impacted by the floods. Please keep Immanuel Lutheran Church and their surrounding communities in your prayers during their long recovery.