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City offers help to Freeport residents as flooding problems continue


Roads are shut down, many homes have been evacuated and a number of businesses are closed due to flooding around the City of Freeport. 

Part of U.S. Route 20 near Freeport was shut down Monday as flood waters covered the road. A number of other roads in Freeport and Stephenson County were flooded, making traveling in the area difficult. Freeport's Krape Park was also closed to the public

The city is offering help to residents impacted by severe flooding over the weekend.

According to the city, sand is available at Tutty's Crossing, Krape Park's maintenance shed and Gladewood Road. 

Residents can drop debris or flood-damaged items off Monday at a number of locations. Dumpsters will be placed at Taylor Park School and the JC Penney parking lot. The city asks that you do not drop electronics off at this time. Officials say they are working on a plan for that.   

Fees are waived at the landfill transfer station for flood victims. You must be able to prove you are a Freeport resident, and you can not drop off any hazardous material or electronics. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will also be open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Saturday. 

The city is also preparing to off help once waters recede. Lime will be made available to residents for their yards. The city says this helps reduce smell and can help with brown grass. 

By Tuesday or Wednesday, county officials will spray the city for mosquito larva. 

If you are a Freeport resident and in need of assistance, you can call: 

— The Red Cross at 815-233-0011
— Freeport Area Church Cooperative at 815-233-0435
— Department of Human Services at 815-232-6123

City officials will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss ongoing relief efforts. 13 News will speak to officials after that meeting, and bring you any updates. 

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