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.