VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - The crest of the Wabash River passes through southern Indiana and Illinois without creating further havoc.
The Wabash began to fall in Vincennes after topping out at more than 27 feet over the weekend.
For the Old Northwest Territory Chapter of the American Red Cross the falling river is good news in more than one way.
The Wabash River is out of its banks, but the crest has moved south of Vincennes and done only limited damage.
Officials on both sides of the river did a lot of work and kept most of the water inside the levees.
That was good news for the Old Northwest Territory Chapter of the Red Cross that has been ready to provide help in Knox, Lawrence and Crawford Counties.
"We did help one family, an older couple who had to be evacuated and we put them in a hotel for a few days because they were unable to go into a shelter and right now we're handing out clean up kits," said Chapter Executive Director Sheryl Ring-Laakman.
The local Red Cross chapter is crossing its fingers hoping the levees will hold.
They also are hoping the land will dry and farmers can get into the fields so they can start a new fundraising program called Acres of Hope.
"In that program we ask area farmers to donate proceeds from an acre of grain to the Red Cross," said Ring-Laakman.
Officials were going to launch the program last year, but put it on hold because of the drought.
Now, with farmers out of the muddy fields the official launch is still on hold, but local leaders say this is one idea that will float.
"I thought this would be a good opportunity for farmers to be partners with the Red Cross and support us financially," said Ring-Laakman.
The idea may be a good one, but before farmers will be able to help the organization that assists people hit by disasters.
Those disasters need to stop rolling over the people and the land in the Wabash Valley.
The Acres of Hope program has caught the attention of the National Red Cross and several other chapters are already lining up to launch their own versions.
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