Gov. Pritzker issues new disaster proclamation for Knox, Henry counties

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued a new state disaster proclamation, adding two new counties, Knox and Henry, in response to the extensive flooding along the Mississippi, Illinois rivers and its tributaries.

This most recent proclamation adds the local counties to the areas directly impacted by this flood. Illinois officials have been actively involved in flood fighting operations for more than 100 days,with rivers still in major flood stages.

“With heavy rain and historic flooding, rivers have crested throughout the state, causing untold damage to our communities,” Pritzker said. “Homes, businesses, roads, bridges and farms have all been impacted, and local resources are nearing exhaustion as rains continue. I want to be clear: this administration will continue to provide all resources at our disposal to help our communities withstand and recover from this historic flooding. We stand with you and are here to help.”

In all, 37 counties in Illinois are now covered under a state disaster proclamation. Those counties include: Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Knox, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, and Woodford. 

Deployed State resources to date:

  • More than 4 million sandbags deployed
  • 22,000 tons of rock distributed
  • 1.2 million tons of sand distributed
  • More than 3,000 rolls of plastic distributed
  • More than 1 million sandbags filled by IDOC
  • 39 pumps deployed by IDOT
  • 26 pumps deployed by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • 450 linear feet of HESCO barriers installed
  • 1,750 feet of Aquadam deployed

The governor issued the first State Disaster Proclamation on May 3 to ensure state support to communities that are battling floods caused by weeks of elevated river levels and heavy rains.

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