6 months after flooding, town working to rebuild

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It’s been six months since heavy rains wreaked havoc through the state.

One town was walloped, not only by Mother Nature, but by a group of runaway barges on the Illinois River.

Marseilles is about 80 miles from Chicago

On April 18th, one-third of Marseilles was submerged by the swollen Illinois River. The rains were certainly a factor but in addition, seven barges broke loose from their moorings and slammed right into the I & M dam.

Since that day, Marseilles has been compared to another town farther away: New Orleans. The two cities share the same history: Near devastation from flooding.

WGN’s Jackie Bange visited the town and talked with families, local law enforcement and the steps they are taking, including law suits, to rebuild.

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