LCC LERT Teams on Standby to Respond with Assistance After Widespread Flooding at Northern Illinois District
Part of our Northern Illinois District is now experiencing widespread flooding after two days of torrential rain last week totaling 7.66 inches with additional rainfall over the weekend in Gurnee, Russell and Waukegan in Lake County, Illinois. The National Weather Service forecast indicates that the Des Plaines River should crest at 10.8 feet early this week and remain over 10 feet until mid-week. This has resulted in an overflow of the rivers’ banks into the streets, homes and businesses of these communities.
Lutheran Church Charites (LCC) reached out immediately to our local churches to see if any disaster response assistance was needed. Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response spoke with Pastor Ben Squires and Matt Kearney, Outreach Ministry Coordinator at Bethel Lutheran Church in Gurnee to let them know that LCC Lutheran Emergency Response Teams (LERT) volunteers are available to respond if needed.
LCC LERT teams are currently on standby, waiting for flood waters to recede enough so pumping of water from homes can occur and then to see if help will be needed to muck out any homes