Illinois nurses canoe to hospice patient's home amid flooding

Some Illinois nurses have been wading through floodwaters and canoeing to hospice patients' homes after the Mississippi River flooded some areas of the Quad Cities, reports WQAD News 8.

The nurses, Stephanee Petersen and T.A. Peterson, work for Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospice Compassus.

Twice a week, the nurses have been traveling through floodwaters to reach a hospice patient on Campbell's Island, which sits in the Mississippi River in Illinois. Some days, the trip can take up to three-and-a-half hours.

"These patients need us. We can't have the floodwaters keep us from doing [our] job," Ms. Peterson told WQAD News 8. "This is the time when they need us the most."

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