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Jacob, IL school evacuated with help of volunteers

As many students were getting ready to go back to class on Dec.30, one school was getting packed up. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) As many students were getting ready to go back to class on Dec.30, one school was getting packed up. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
It made for a different kind of day for Cate, 7, a student at the school. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) It made for a different kind of day for Cate, 7, a student at the school. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
Staff, volunteers, and classmates were preparing for what could be the worst flood in over twenty years - before Cate was even born. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Staff, volunteers, and classmates were preparing for what could be the worst flood in over twenty years - before Cate was even born. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
This time around they are hoping the levy stays strong through the New Year Flood. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) This time around they are hoping the levy stays strong through the New Year Flood. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
JACOB, IL (KFVS) -

As many students were getting ready to go back to class on Wednesday. Dec. 30, one school was packing up.

With possible floodwater threatening the area, the Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois wanted to be safe rather than sorry.

It made for a different kind of day for Cate, 7, a student at the school.

"We're taking stuff down from our school in case the levy doesn't hold," she said.

Cate is in second grade and hasn't seen anything like this before.

"It just feels strange," she said. "Kinda weird. It's never happened before."

Staff, volunteers and classmates were preparing for what could be the worst flood in more than 20 years - long before Cate was even born.

One of the three teachers at the small school said she appreciates the outpouring of help.

"To see everybody come together to help this school - it's touching," teacher Julie Lialis said. "It makes me think that we have hope that this school will open up again if the water does come over the levee."

There is one upside to possibly being out of school, though.

"Something called 'no homework,'" Cate said.

Teachers are hoping on Jan. 4 the school bell will ring as usual.

"That's the best case scenario," Lalis said.

School officials said they don't believe the school suffered any damage back in the flood of 1993.

This time around they are hoping the levee stays strong through the rising floodwaters.

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