2013 Flood
5/29/2013 - Mayor Smith has issued an emergency declaration for the City of Marseilles. The City of Marseilles in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring the river levels and projected weather forecast through the weekend. A concern exists that a potential flooding event could occur if predicated weather forecasts happen. As a precautionary measure the City of Marseilles and Army Corps of Engineers will begin placing Hesco sand barriers along the entire 1 1/2 mile section of the earthen dike. These barriers will be semi-permanent and remain in place for an extended period. Stay tuned to media outlets for further information and releases by the City of Marseilles to be informed and prepared.
 
No evacuation is necessary at this time. 


Marseilles residents that suffered the worst damage in last month's river flooding will be receiving an initial $150 payout starting Today. The funds are the first distribution of relief funds donated at the Marseilles Bank. About $33,000 to $34,000 has been received so far.

The $150 payments per household is the first phase of the payout and are expected to total approximately $30,000. How to distribute the rest of the money will be determined later. All of the donated money will be paid out to flood victims.

The payout system was devised by the Marseilles Flood Relief Fund Committee, an unofficial group of five people who met Friday and Saturday to work out the details.

Serving on the committee were teacher Kristin Heredia, attorney Gina Goode, retired school psychologist Kent Terry, industrial manager Ed Terry and the Rev. Carolyn Lukasick, pastor of the Marseilles Methodist church.  They did an excelent job.

Qualified residences are defined as:

    Those having suffered actual river water damage.
    Located from the Illinois & Michigan Canal south to the Illinois River and between Chicago and Main streets.
    Where residents were living at the time of the flood. That excludes — for this disbursement — landlords and homeowners not living in the designated area.

Representatives of each qualified residence can pick up a voucher at the Marseilles City Hall that will be redeemed at the Marseilles Bank after they display a photo identification with their current address or photo identification with a current bill showing the qualifying address.

Current water bills and Federal Emergency Management Agency forms also may be used to verify residence criteria.

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Pres. Obama Friday night approved a federal disaster declaration for
11 Illinois counties including LaSalle and Grundy.
 
There are three ways to apply for FEMA assistance:

•Apply Online at DisasterAssistance.gov

•Apply via a smartphone at m.fema.gov

•Apply by Phone: •Call (800) 621-3362.
•Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities.

http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
 
 
The following is a link on the continuing news coverage of the flood that was on last nights news cast.
 
 
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/05/10/illinois-river-town-still-recovering-from-flood/

Thank you to all who have helped in any way during this tragic event.
The volunteer hotline has also been shut off as of 5pm yesterday. I would suggest that anyone interested in volunteering use the Marseilles Remisncining page for ease in Facebook contact and requesting. https://www.facebook.com/groups/270992729423/ <--- this is the link to the page.
 Remember, these are all volunteers trying to help so be patient if someone doesn't get back to you immediately. 

Please help us spread the word to victims, volunteers, and any other flood relief workers...The American Legion in Marseilles is providing hot lunches and dinners within our hall daily. Lunch is 11:30 to 1:30, and dinner is 5 to 7pm. We are also assembling box meals with our volunteers assistance, to distribute to our community victims, as well as Utica, Wedron, Sheridan as needed. Thank you!

*Special Offer* MARR SALES MATTRESS FACTORY OUTLET 200 Commercial Street 815-795-6942.  "OUR TOWN is YOUR TOWN AND WE CARE!" Now offering these specials to those in the flood zone.

REGULAR MATTRESS SETS: TWIN $120.00, FULL $150.00, QUEEN $175.00

DELUX MATTRESS SETS: 25% off!

Must be able to provide proof of residency - photo ID or utility bill in your name at flood address.
 
Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to flood victims can do so at the Marseilles Bank.
 
Also, any flood victims needing pet assistance can still coordinate help via Spay It Forward, NFP by calling 815.357.8363
 
Marseilles Elementary School will be starting back to school on Thursday
 
K-3 attending at the Marseilles Church of the Nazarene

Grades 4-5 at the Seneca grade school campus where they have made room for MES students

and Grades 6-8 at the old Seneca High School.

All students will be bused to the attendance centers but will be on staggered start and finish time. MES will be posting class times and bus schedules on the Marseilles Elementary School website hopefully by tomorrow evening. They ask that all parents please be flexible as they are doing the best they can to accommodate everyone.
The last day of school will still be June 4th.
 Thank you!
 
Info on Marseilles Elementary Students returning back to school on Thur May 2.
http://www.mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=474703#comments
 
COMMUNITY INFORMATION....At this time Marseilles Ambulance Service no longer staffing an ambulance at Broadway park for Basic First Aid purposes. If anyone needs basic first aid as a result of working in the disaster zone please come to the ambulance station located at 207 Lincoln St. As always if you are in need of emergent care, please call 911 so that an ambulance can be dispatched to your location ASAP.

On a little brighter note:
 
   PANCAKE BREAKFAST
American Legion and VFW of Marseilles are having a pancake breakfast the
LAST SUNDAY of each month
8am to 12 noon
ALL YOU CAN EAT
Adults $5.00, 12 and under $3.50

 
  
Please forward to family and friends especially if effected by the flood.

www.jimhollenbeck.com

If anyone has photos of the flood they would like to submit, please send them to beinfree@gmail.com, and they will be posted to the City Website on this page.