Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency Thursday, as state agencies prepared to provide assistance to the northern half of Illinois, which is dealig with severe river and flash flooding.
The state of emergency ensures that state resources are activated and that the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely. It also allows the state to request resources as needed, such as personnel and equipment.
State and local emergency personnel have been on the ground in the hardest hit areas since early this morning.
“Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state,” Quinn said. “Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas.”
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