McHenry residents get lots of help after Fox River flooding
Plenty of hands reached out to help McHenry County residents who fell victim to the recent record rainfall and flooding of the Fox River, according to a press release.
A Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) made up of local, state, private and non-profit groups, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, provided two days of recovery and clean-up assistance, insurance form help and more. The MARC was set up at the McHenry Township Recreation Center.
Residents whose wells might have been affected by the flooding received free water testing kits from the McHenry County Health Department.
Clean-up information is available on the McHenry County website, including contact numbers and other resources. The county has asked residents to avoid using the sand from the sandbags for other purposes as it could be contaminated by bacteria. Residents are asked to contact the township or municipality for sandbag disposal information.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks called the flooding the worst the area ever faced and praised the first-responders and volunteers who worked to protect homes in the flooded areas.
“McHenry County put out almost 300,000 sandbags and almost everyone of them were filled by volunteers,” Franks said in a statement. “These people worked tirelessly for their neighbors … our folks really came together.”