By: Kate Pabich
House by house, street by street, one Illinois town is recovering from flood damage. London Mills is coming together as a community.
The flood waters have gone down in London Mills but the story now is one of perseverance and hope. Residents say the flood damage is the worst it's ever been, but moral is at an all time high.
They say the water came quick.
"Nobody expected it to be this bad and I think it took a lot of us by surprise."
"Basically, this street back all the way to the west was under water."
After being evacuated Rebecca David says London Mills was a sight for sore eyes.
"Coming into town on Sunday and seeing it after it had already gone down was very difficult and I wasn't even here during the middle of it."
Now the town is left to clean up, and face the destruction left behind. Fire Chief Rick Anderson says it's tough.
"A lot of emotions, you know, when you go into the homes that got damaged, there's just no walls in them."
But to the towns surprise, they weren't in it alone.
"We in this town have been humbled by the love of complete strangers...we are a very small town and we banded together and said we would support each other but we've had support from far and wide that has just floored us."
This past week in rolled convoy of hope, a handful of volunteers from Missouri, there to help the town rebuild.
Convoy of hope brought a ray of sunshine in the middle of a pretty dark time for our town.
Rebecca says they jumped right into the dirty work, cleaning out the 44 homes in the small town with severe damage. Volunteer, Steve Irwin, says he's simply doing gods work.
"We're just paying it forward, it's just what we do, we want to care for people, it's in our hearts."
But as Rebecca says the group has brought far more than supplies and sets of hands to the area.
"Out of that has come this hope from people bringing in stiff to just as a community supporting each other. The hope I've seen in just the last two three days."
The town is still in need of volunteers and supplies, so if you'd like to come help out or just drop some stuff off you can do that at the Methodist church on South St.