Gov. Pritzker issues disaster proclamation for all Illinois counties as flooding continues to do damage

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a new state disaster proclamation on Friday for all 36 counties currently undergoing flood response or recovery activities in Illinois. 

While some portions of the state have begun recovery operations, there are still several river communities in an active flood fight with river levels in major flood stage. 

“For more than three months, Illinois residents have witnessed a seemingly constant wave of storms that have generated significant rainfall, triggering ground and levee saturation and significant river flooding,” said Pritzker.  “Life safety continues to be our priority. The State of Illinois will continue to provide the resources necessary to protect lives, save critical infrastructure and help our local governments in their time of need.”

Officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Transportation have recently worked with local and county officials to ensure critical community lifelines, such as transportation corridors, remain open during this historic flood. 

More than five million sandbags have been deployed so far. Additionally, 38,000 tons of rock and 1.2 million tons of sand have been distributed.

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