Gov. Pat Quinn has toured flood damage in the Fox River Valley to the west of Chicago and declared four more counties disaster areas.
That brings the total number of counties with disaster declarations to 41. Those designations permit expanded access to emergency resources.
Quinn has been touring flood-hit communities around Illinois for several days and says he’s “seen up close the terrible impact the flooding has had.”
The recent rains have swollen many rivers and streams across the state to record or near record levels. Homes and businesses have been inundated and thousands of people have been evacuated.
Even after the rain, some areas are getting worse because water levels continue to rise, especially in Peoria and other downstream communities along the Illinois River and its many tributaries.
— The Associated Press