UPDATE: Rock House Kids given roof repair grant money

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Updated July 10, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Flash floods in June showed just how bad the roof at Rock House Kids is but the organization didn't have the funds to make repairs.

The Mill Foundation is now stepping in with a grant to fix the ceiling tiles. Rock House Kids was one of 12 non-profits the foundation awarded grants to on Tuesday.

Rock House Kids received a check for $1,010 to go toward its roof repairs.


Updated June 19, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rock House Kids on Seventh Street spent Monday night cleaning up from the storm. Since the building is so old, it's in need of a new roof; the current roof leaks and has falling ceiling tiles.

Those who helped clean it up say the water was like a river flowing in Monday night.

"We were supposed to have an event night with our kids and instead of that, we had them sit down and watch a movie with a couple volunteers while the rest of us were working on the flood. We had waters coming over the back door just pouring in. Then, in another room, we heard all this dripping and then it ended up being a straight stream so it was filling up garbage cans of all the water that is coming in," said Rock House Kids Executive Director Deanna Lacny.

Rock House Kids needs $175,000 to replace the roof. So far, it's received $20,000 in donations. To donate, visit the Rock House Kids Facebook page.


Posted June 19, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Monday night's heavy rains and flooding kept first responders busy helping stranded drivers and closing flooded roadways.

High waters on parts of Charles Street forced drivers to abandon their vehicles to get to safety.

Water nearly submerged cars at the McDonald's in the 2200 block of Charles Street. Some good Samaritans headed to the area to help and along with firefighters were able to rescue people stranded in a van.

Rockford's west side experienced heavy flooding in several areas including Auburn Street, the Riverside Boulevard Walmart and the area around Mercyhealth's Rockton Avenue campus. During the flooding, hospital representatives say patients were diverted to other Rockford hospitals.