Gov. Rauner adds Cook County to disaster proclamation, tours flood damage

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ALGONQUIN, Il--Governor Bruce Rauner added Cook County to the state disaster proclamation due to widespread flooding Sunday, saying evacuations may be necessary in some areas if conditions deteriorate.

“With flood waters impacting communities in Cook County, I’m adding the county to the state disaster proclamation to ensure we provide responders the resources they need to continue protecting public health and safety,” Gov. Rauner said in a statement.

In Gurnee, the Fox River has reached a record 12 feet, but the water levels are expected to start dropping Sunday.  According to the Lake County Sun, the Des Plaines River is also expected to drop this week and fall below flood stage by Thursday.

The disaster proclamations come with a wide range of assistance to local communities,  including sandbags. An official count estimates it has provided 350,000 sandbags to Lake County and 100,000 sandbags to McHenry County. An additional 50,000 sandbags are headed to Kane County and 350,000 will go to northern Illinois communities.

In Wisconsin,  Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties. He also activated the Wisconsin National Guard to help flood victims.