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Governor JB Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation for River Flooding

LaSalle and Grundy counties in Illinois are among the 34 impacted by flooding on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has issued a state disaster proclamation for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers after heavy rains hammered the region.

The disaster proclamation includes Grundy and LaSalle counties, according to a press release.

“I have directed agency heads in my administration to ensure they are doing everything possible to help local communities prepare for, and respond to, the ongoing flooding risks across the state,” the governor said in a statement. “River levels are rapidly rising and with more precipitation in the forecast, many communities will need additional assistance.

Thousands are coping with flooding in the Chicago area. The little bit of rain Thursday has created big problems in some places. Natalie Martinez reports.

“The state of Illinois is ready to help our communities as they work to protect our residents and critical infrastructure,” he added.

Here is the full list of counties covered by the proclamation: 

Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, Woodford. 

The release also said that more than a dozen state legislators received a briefing from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency regarding potential flooding along the two major rivers.

Shelters and sandbagging operations have begun in affected areas, according to officials.

Flood Warnings remain in effect for both Grundy and LaSalle counties, along with numerous other Illinois and Indiana counties. For a full list of affected areas, you can visit the NBC 5 weather alerts page.

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