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Gilman, Red Cross extend help to travelers

Iroquois County Red Cross Chairman Dan Raymer is extending a "thank you" to the City of Gilman, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Gilman Fire department and local citizens for the help offered to stranded motorists during the winter storm.

Raymer said to respond like they did, in this kind of weather, and on short notice, is well worth mentioning.

Reports of 42-46 travelers were housed in Gilman from Sunday night through (Tues) this morning.

The Illinois State Police was seeking help Sunday when several motorists became stranded along I-57 between Chebanse and Paxton.

Gilman Mayor Rick Theesfeld said a few of the stranded people were from as far away as Texas and Florida.

The Fire department stepped up by opening their Gilman facility Sunday night. Some stayed there, others were in motels and the church. By Monday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church had a little more accommodating surroundings.

Pastor Jim Small also opened the First Christian Church in Onarga as a warming center.

94.1 WGFA