FEMA officials will be in Villa Grove next Thursday (February 4th) to assess the approximately 120 homes damaged from last month’s flooding.
WEIU-TV’s News Watch spoke with one Villa Grove resident who is still cleaning up from the flood waters. Steve Walker has lived in Villa Grove since 2003 and he’s seen flood after flood; but now he says the waters are taking a toll on his home. He says his foundation has had all of the flooding it can take, and he’s going to have to take action. Walker is hoping FEMA will be able to help the city’s resident’s.
Flooding from the Embarras River is no stranger to the city. Residents say December’s flood is on similar scale to that which hadn’t happened since 1994. Many Villa Grove residents are below the floodplain level; and Villa Grove Mayor Terry Harbin told WEIU, those residents may eventually have to raise their homes above the floodplain, or be forced to go without flood insurance. FEMA will determine if the city’s residents are elligable for federal funding.