Schools Plan for Potential Flooding
Schools in towns along the illinois river are also planning for what they may have to do if floodwaters make it past the levees.
We spoke with interim Meredosia Superintendent Mike Davies, he tells us they don't foresee an evacuation, but if the elementary school would flood they would move those students to the high school which is on higher ground.
If that floods, school would be cancelled.
Right now their focus is on letting their students help in the fight, including releasing them to volunteer for sandbagging.
"It shows ownership in their community," says Davies, "it's their area, it's their town, it's their home, it's their yard, or whatever, and they work hard, it's just good for them, it's just one of those things we've done it in the past, the kids go for it and they protect their own area."
Davies tells us with parental permission students who need to leave to help their families are considered excused absences.
He adds the school districts' facilities are open for any community in need, whether it be the gymnasiums as a shelter or the kitchen for preparing meals.