Residents of a Barstow mobile home park were evacuated Saturday afternoon to a temporary shelter after a breach in an earthen dike.


The breach in the earthen dike behind the trailer park in Rock Island County caused the residents to be evacuated for their own safety, Rock Island County Board Chairman Phillip B. Banaszek said in a news release. Emergency crews have placed a dirt barrier on Barstow Road in an attempt to keep the water from the Rock River from getting into the downtown Barstow area.

The American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities set up a shelter for residents, and an official said by 4 p.m., seven people had come through the facility.

The shelter, which is at Eagle Ridge School, 2002 Eagle Ridge Drive, Silvis, was opened at 2:30 p.m.

Kasey Kelly, a Red Cross spokeswoman, said the shelter provides housing, food and is an information hub. She said she didn't know whether the seven who had already come through the facility would spend the night.

The shelter is the second in response to flooding in the Quad-City area. The Red Cross also has opened a shelter at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3824 Rockingham Road, Davenport, where some people from Enchanted Island were staying, Kelly said.

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