Shiloh resident Donna Meyers lived on the east side of New Orleans in 2005 when Katrina started to brew. Meyers’ husband, Kirkwood, a deep sea fisherman, was familiar with the way weather worked in the Gulf of Mexico. And he didn’t like what he saw. “Everybody kind of dropped their guard on that Friday and a lot of people were trapped because there was no real evacuation plan,” Meyers said. “But my husband was watching the water temperatures and the direction of the storm. He said that it wasn’t going to be good and we needed to get out of there.” Meyers and her kids, her mother, her mother-in-law and a menagerie of family pets piled into her sport utility vehicle and headed north. They drove until they got to Fairview Heights, where the family had a relative.
Katrina uproots family, now they live in Shiloh
Organizations parter to provide free backpacks, school supplies to military children
Customers can play hard-to-find games at this retro arcade in Columbia
Regions Bank robbed in Belleville
Coal crusher donated to Labor & Industry Museum
St. Clair County K9 is laid to rest
Fire spreading at Belleville home
Belleville home catches fire Friday night
'An outpour of generosity'
Keeping animals cool on an excessively hot summer day
Swansea boy gets successful bone marrow transplant from dad
'The eclipse is not a science thing, it's a human thing.'
Katie Nelson, executive director at the Belleville Area Humane Society society discusses the community outpouring for the shelter that needed more ac units and fans to keep their dogs cool in the extreme heat.
Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA, is a volunteer organization that works to support children who are abused physically, sexually or emotionally. The Metro-East chapter of BACA covers the entire region of Southwestern Illinois — from Alton to Anna. The group meets monthly at the VFW hall in O’Fallon.