Eleven more Illinois counties have been added by the governor to the disaster declaration after the recent flooding, bringing the total number to 23. The declaration makes a variety of state resources available, according to the governor’s office, like sandbags, pumps, trucks, inmate crews and other resources to ensure public safety. During a stop in Iroquois County, which was declared a disaster area Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said the declarations are just the beginning of the recovery
In another county declared a disaster Tuesday, Sangamon County Administrator Brian McFadden says federal assistance could be available to buy out properties prone to floods, which has been done in previous floods that got federal assistance.
The governor’s office says if the state meets certain criteria through the federal government the state could be get a federal disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The other additional counties are Cass, Cumberland, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Moultrie, Pike, Richland and Vermilion.