airboat brought in to shuttle supplies to flooded villages

 
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By Braden Willis
Carmi Times
Posted May 10, 2011 @ 07:33 AM

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Department of Natural Resources police officers brought in an airboat over the weekend to shuttle needed supplies into the Maunie, Concord and Dogtown, still cut off by floodwaters.

Mayor Danny Hale reported 42 of Maunie’s 172 residents had opted to remain in their homes when the residents of the village were asked to voluntarily evacuate. The main east-west road into the village is under water. The rushing waters have caused the east approach to a bridge on that road about a mile west of town to partially wash away, further limiting traffic into the village.

Hale and White County EMA Director Jim Totten said American Red Cross personnel and vehicles met over the weekend with conservation police to utilize the airboat to shuttle in needed supplies like water, food and other staples.