By: Kate Pabich
Nearly 4 dozen homes damaged, or destroyed. That's what flood water left behind in a small Illinois town. US Representative Cheri Bustos was in town assessing the damage.
Representative Bustos got into town around three, and she spent the day listening to the stories of flood victims and seeing all of the destruction.
London mills: population 400 something, tucked deep inside Fulton County, Illinois.
"It's kind of remarkable that they're able to find London mills as small as we are."
Resident Stacy Spires's house was right in the line of destruction she spent the day cleaning, but to her surprise, had an unexpected guest...Cheri Bustos.
"Surprising, you know we're a little community, we didn't think they would care so it's kind of nice that someone would care."
Town officials say about a fourth of London Mills is a complete loss. And an IEMA survey says there's $1.7 million in residential damage, and the ramifications could mean bad things for all residents.
"We still have bond payments on thing like our sewers and loan payments only now it may be with a lot less residents."
Representative Bustos says she wants to help in any way possible and has advice for flood victims.
"Document document, what's been lost, from a municipal, and county level the overtime that's been put in the resources that have been put in, that's where FEMA comes in."
Folks in the area say hopefully Representative Bustos will be a good resource to get through this tough time.