Central Illinois flood victims begin cleanup

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KINCAID, IL  – Sharon Stivers says she’s had her share of torment lately, including her daughter’s cancer fight. Now, the woman is dealing with the fallout of flooding in 1,400-resident Kincaid in central Illinois.

Floodwaters got 4 feet into the home she shares with her 45-year-old daughter, a granddaughter and four dogs. Compounding the difficulties is that the home is an area where flood insurance wasn’t available.

Without question she’s mad, she told The Associated Press Sunday.

Across the street, 50-year-old Theresa Gibson was getting help clearing out what could be salvaged from her home where flooding buckled newly-finished oak floors and saturated walls.

Gibson says the water came up so fast that all she could do was fill a couple of suitcases of items, leaving the rest behind.