Freeport, Illinois — The Salvation Army disaster team has been activated by regional disaster officials in Peoria, the local Salvation Army said early Thursday evening.
Captain Jim Brickson of the Salvation Army in Freeport said “this is our community and we serve with the desire to make tomorrow a better day, we strive to relieve suffering humanity”.
The Salvation Army says that memories of the 2010 flood and its aftermath have imprinted memories deep into many residents of Stephenson County. The year 2017 seemed to be a short time to repeat the unpleasant events that unfolded as a history making 100-year flood, they say. Hoping for a change of events, the local Salvation Army says they are digging in for another round of rising flood waters.
According to the National Weather Service major flooding continues along the Pecatonica and Rock Rivers. Multiple areas of ice jam activity will cause areas along the river to experience higher levels of flooding.
At 5:30 PM Thursday the stage was 15.0 feet and steady. Impact, at 16.0 feet, water affects parking lots of businesses east of the Stephenson Street bridge and most streets north and south of Illinois Highway 75 are closed. Illinois Highway 75 is also closed at 16.0 feet.
“We will continue to respond to be a community builder and team member of Freeport” Cal Wescott, Advisory Board Chairman said.
Salvation Army will be opening up their kitchen at 106 W. Exchange St. for hot lunch and dinner community meals daily as they continue to assess their response. The meals will be served from 11:00 to 12:15 for the lunch meal and 5:00PM to 6:00PM daily for the dinner meal. Volunteers are needed, please call for more information.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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