Late in February Watseka Illinois suffered severe flooding affecting over 200 homes. Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) from Northern and Central Illinois, Indiana responded to a call from Lutheran Church Charities to aid the affected families. A team was formed by Trinity, St. Peter – Schaumburg and Prince of Peace – Palatine. In all there were 128 people operating out of Calvary – Watseka. Our team was assigned to assist an elderly couple whose home received nine inches of water. We removed over a thousand sq. ft. of soggy carpet and padding, woodwork and some drywall to speed drying. Our job was also to show the mercy, love and compassion of Christ to those affected.
Our new friends were so delighted to see us arrive and were sad to see us depart. We think we made an impact on them and we all shed a tear as we prayed for the recovery of their home and their health in this stressful situation.
In all fifteen homes received aid from this past Saturday but dozens remain on the waiting list.