ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Roads in Alexander County were washed away by waters from the New Year Flood, leaving some already-dampened homes with no access.
County crews and private workers are banding together to rebuild what used to be Watson road near Miller City; and as they rebuild, volunteer groups met to discuss the future of the county as a whole.
"A lot of people are still displaced," said Alexander County Flood Relief Committee spokeswoman Olivia Gordon on Tuesday. "Many are dealing with wet furniture and carpet, so it's a lot of logistical issues where manual labor is needed, and people are needed to come in and help and move and things like that."
Wayne Pecord's house is more than a mile from Miller City Road down Watson, which is now reduced to a sandy path.
County Board Chairman Chalen Tatum said the road will not be fully repaired until sometime later in 2016 at the earliest, but not before the Len Small Levee is repaired.
The US Army Corps of Engineers was busy rebuilding the foundation of the Len Small Levee on Tuesday, after it failed on January 2.
The recently formed ACFRC decided Tuesday on a blanket "Volunteer Day" currently set for February 27, with a rain date set for March 5.
"Some people are hesitant to say, 'we need help,'" said Gordon. "But we have so many volunteers willing to come down, so what we're hoping to do is centralize those efforts into one massive coordination."
Tatum said Tuesday $1,046,000 in damage not including affected homes was reported to the Federal Government in Alexander County, alone.
If you or your volunteer group wish to contact the ACFRC to get involved with relief efforts, the organization can be contacted with information below.
Volunteers, Please Contact:
603 S Main St.
Anna, IL 62906