Neighbors and family come to the aid of Burlington couple

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 19:24:49-04

Neighbors and family members came to the aid of a couple ravaged by flood waters this week.

About 4,000 people in Burlington were still without power Friday morning. Floodwaters surrounded a We Energies substation and crews can't get to it to look at the damage. A lot of families are now using generators.

Barb and Mike Wermeling live on Chestnut Street. They lost power two days ago and didn't have a generator.

When the Fox River flooded into their home, Barb wasn't worried about their house, she was concerned about her husband's health.

Mike was diagnosed with spinal and kidney cancer late last year and he depends on his electric wheelchair.

"I haven't been to work in three days because I don't want to leave him home alone," Barb said. "I've never met our new neighbor across the way. She ran over and said my daughter is concerned for your husband."

Neighbors and family made sure the Wermeling got a generator.

Hardware stores near Burlington are running low on stock.

At Reineman's True Value in Burlington, the shelves are empty. Employees say the generators were the first thing to go.

Friday morning, there was a waiting list to get one.