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Kickstart: Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee

The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee has been re-organized to assist the needs of the 2015 flood victims. This committee was first created in 2008. This 501 C 3 group looks at different ways to improve the lives of flood victims throughout Iroquois county.

Every dollar donated stays in Iroquois county. There are different sub-committees: Spiritual/Emotional Care, Volunteer, Donations, Communications, and Case Management. These sub-committees are designed to work with families to better lives, help with housing, spiritual and emotional assistance, and quality of life. These sub-committees will continue to meet on a regular basis.

For more information please contact the Iroquois County Long Term Committee at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce office at 815-432-2416 Monday through Friday or visit www.watsekachamber.org or the Iroquois Mental Health Center's crisis hotline number 815-432-5241 24 hours a day.

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Coal City tornado victims’ line up for assistance

Citizens in Grundy County are ready to receive financial pay-outs from a Long Term Recovery Committee for damages from the summer tornado in Coal City.

The Community Foundation of Grundy County has $299, 200 in a fund. Money will be distributed to affected residents beginning in October. Families need to be registered to be eligible for any funds.

The community finance director reports even though there were more than 800 property sites damaged or destroyed, fewer than 400 people have registered for assistance. There's an application deadline of October 2 for making the list to share in a monetary distribution.

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Watseka plans grant help for flood victims

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is winding up its Disaster Assistance visits in Iroquois and Grundy County today (Thursday). Representatives are at Watseka City hall and the Coal City Library again from 9 am 'til 4 pm.

The SBA help is still available online at www.sba.gov/disaster or by calling 800-659-2955. The application process for low-interest loans can still be completed on your own thru November 2nd.

SBA Rep Reece Strong said up to 20 people have visited the Disaster Shop at City Hall over the last week.

Meanwhile, the city of Watseka is working up its application process to provide grant help for flood victims. The grants will assist in rebuilding or demolition and help keep property sites on the local tax rolls.

Letters have been mailed to property owners that either raise their homes or demolish the structure. The grant is for those homes with 50% or more damage from flooding.

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Monon, IN woman killed in White County crash

A two-vehicle crash near Monon Wednesday afternoon killed a 41-year-old woman. Starlene Newbold died when her car was hit by an SUV. A passenger in her car was air-lifted to Indianapolis.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said Newbold was turning left onto Quarry Road from U.S. 421 when it was hit by the SUV driven by 35-year-old Heather Schubert of Zionsville.
Schubert was taken by ambulance to IU Health White Memorial Hospital before being transported to Lafayette.

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Watseka infrastructure work continues

Busted up streets, barricaded-closed roads can certainly frustrate motorists, but it's also part of the formula for an improved future. And – in Watseka, infrastructure improvement projects are just that – a focus on better times ahead.

It all takes time. But it is happening in different sections of the city.

City Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr informed the Public Works committee (Tuesday) that after delays in flood clean-up and recovery efforts, some of the infrastructure work is resuming. Sewer improvements and pot-hole patching has to be completed. It's hoped better weather conditions and resource supplies will keep progress moving forward.

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