Flood conditions in northern Illinois, which may get worse before they get better, have flooded school buildings, damaged school property and wreaked havoc in students’ lives by damaging their homes and personal property.

Four counties – Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook – have been declared disaster areas and roads are still closed in some of those areas. Several more counties have signed paperwork asking for declarations in order to receive help for flooding.

Some areas are still working on cleanup. Here are some of those efforts:

  • The towns of Freeport and Pearl City in Stephenson County have also been greatly affected by flooding and is in the clean-up process at this point.In Pearl City, donations of hand sanitizer, scrubbing mops, laundry soap, fans, extension cords, cleaning supplies would be greatly appreciated. The Salvation Army is distributing cleaning kits to households affected and supplies are limited at this point.The American Legion has also been very helpful to local residents, providing water in gallons and cases to residents, bleach, laundry detergent and other items that have been donated for distribution. Monetary donations can be sent here for the purchase of more items and volunteers are welcome to go to the Legion headquarters to help serve food and organize. Contact information for the American Legion is 100 N. Main St., Pearl City, IL, 61062, 815-443-2739.
  • In Freeport, flooding has caused multiple problems, particularly for residents of the Third Ward.The Freeport Area Church Cooperative is organizing volunteers to help with cleanup and the Salvation Army is distributing cleaning kits here, as well.
  • To help: Contact the Freeport Area Church Cooperative at 815-233-0435 to volunteer to help with flood cleanup after the water recedes. The Salvation Army is seeking bleach and monetary donations, as well as volunteers to staff a canteen that offers fresh water and snacks on the east side. To volunteer, call Ashley at 815-650-3588. Call the Salvation Army at 815-235-7639 or find it on Facebook at facebook.com/106WExchangeSt.

While insurance may cover much of the property, money is being raised to help students and to fund supplies. Here is a list of some of those efforts:

  • The Mundelein Elementary School District 75 Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the D75 families who need help due to flood damage. There, schools fared well, but many homes were flooded. The PTO is making sure to share the money with families where it most needed.
  • Round Lake Area School District has a list of places to donate items on its website. Here is that list:Donations:
    We are so thankful for the huge outpouring from our staff and community interested in donating books, clothing, money, etc. While it may be enticing to accept a donation and arrange for the personal pick up of such donation, please refrain from doing so as there are public places that have been set up for this purpose. It is important that all remain safe during these trying times.Donation of Clothing
    The Red Cross is accepting donations of clothing and non-perishable food items at JTMMS. Any clothing that is not used at the conclusion of this center will be donated to Good Will or Salvation Army.Donation of Books
    Donations of books are being accepted at the Round Lake Area Library (906 Hart Rd, RL) during business hours and the Administrative Service Center (884 W Nippersink Rd, RL) weekdays 8:00am-4:00pm.

    Donation of Money
    The Round Lake Area Schools Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and will accept monetary donations on behalf of the District. Funds donated will be applied directly to flood recovery efforts within the District. Donations can be made online at http://www.rlasfoundation.com/donate.html or can be mailed to PO Box 1881 Round Lake, IL 60073.