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Pritzker, state leaders tour Illinois River flooding, urge residents to be prepared to evacuate

Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday joined officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Natural Guard and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to tour flooding along the Illinois River.

illinoisealThe river remains in moderate to major flood stage from LaSalle to Grafton, and revised crest projections indicate river levels will remain at critically high levels for nearly a week in some places. Emergency Management officials are advising residents in river communities to have a family evacuation-plan in place, in the event you are asked to evacuate due to rising floodwaters.

“Heavy rains and flooding continue to threaten communities across our state and I urge all residents to be prepared,” said Pritzker. “The state is doing everything we can to provide resources to impacted communities, and we continue to urge Illinoisans to help by listening to authorities, checking on your neighbors, and being prepared to evacuate if necessary. I will continue to closely monitor this situation and we will do everything we can to keep people safe and to help communities rebuild.”

The forecasted river levels along the Illinois River are alarming for many reasons, and the forecast should serve as a warning to residents. The time to prepare for a potential evacuation is now.”

To date, the state of Illinois has provided more than one million sandbags, more than 1,200 rolls of plastic, 38 pumps and more than a dozen offender work crews to assist local communities as they fight rising floodwaters and protect our state’s critical infrastructure. State and local emergency management officials will continue to fortify levees and monitor rivers until the water recedes, but no one can prepare your family for a disaster like you.

“If it is likely your home could flood: ‘Don’t Wait, Evacuate’,” said Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Flooding has been a factor in 49 deaths across Illinois since 1995. That is more than the number of people killed by tornadoes during the same period. Do not let your guard down when it comes to flooding. Please, prepare your families today.”

In an effort to encourage everyone in Illinois is prepared for emergencies, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s public preparedness website, Ready Illinois, is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, German, Filipino and more. To learn more about emergency preparedness for all hazards, man-made or natural, visit www.ready.illinois.gov.

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