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IL gov. declares state of emergency due to flooding

Thursday, April 18, 2013
In this March 6, 2013 photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Ill.

In this March 6, 2013 photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Ill. (AP Photo / Seth Perlman)

Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency in the wake of flash and river flooding across the northern half of Illinois.

According to a news release, the state of emergency ensures that state resources are activated and that the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely. It also allows the state to request resources as needed, such as personnel and equipment.

State and local emergency personnel have been on the ground in hardest hit areas since early this morning, according to the release.

"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Governor Quinn said. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."

For flood safety information and real-time updates please visit Ready.Illinois.gov

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