After surveying flood damage caused by several days of severe storms and heavy rainfall, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared 38 counties state disaster areas Friday.
Counties included in the governor’s declaration include: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.
The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of resources to help affected communities respond and recover from flooding. It also allows the state to formally pursue federal relief and support.
After touring the flooding in west suburban Bellwood and Riverside Friday morning, Quinn said he doesn’t think Illinois has ever seen so much flooding covering so many counties.
The governor stressed that homeowners should keep account of all the damage and clean up costs so that they can be totaled for federal assistance.