Gov. Blagojevich declares
Pike, Scott and Hardin counties
state disaster areas
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[MAY 28, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- On Thursday
Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared Morgan, Pike and Scott counties in the
west central Illinois and Hardin County in southern Illinois state
disaster areas after the four counties suffered extensive damage
from severe storms and tornadoes that hit the areas this week.
"Residents throughout the state
continue to feel the brunt of volatile weather this spring,"
Blagojevich said. "This week, storms seriously disrupted the lives
of many people in Jacksonville, Pittsfield and Winchester, and just
yesterday people in Cave-In-Rock found themselves faced with
considerable storm damage. The cleanup after these storms is a
tremendous strain on these communities, and we want to help them in
their time of need."
Legislators from the storm-ravaged
counties joined the governor as he made his announcement, including
state Sens. Deanna Demuzio, D-Carlinville; John Sullivan, D-Quincy;
and Gary Forby, D-Benton; and state Reps. Art Tenhouse, R-Quincy;
Jim Watson, R-Jacksonville; and Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg.
Severe storms and tornadoes blew
through west central Illinois late Monday evening. Initial
assessments of damages in the three west central Illinois counties
found more than 330 homes, businesses or other structures in the
three counties suffered storm damage, including eight homes and
seven businesses destroyed in the Morgan County city of
A mobile home in the Scott County
community of Winchester also was destroyed. A woman living in the
mobile home was the storm's only fatality. In Pike County, 180
Pittsfield homes were damaged by the storms, including two homes
that were destroyed. One Pittsfield business was destroyed, and John
Wood Community College also suffered damage.
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At Cave-In-Rock in Hardin County, a
tornado moved through Wednesday, damaging 18 homes and downing many
power lines and trees.
The disaster declaration enables the
state to assist communities with after-storm cleanup, including
providing Illinois Department of Transportation trucks and equipment
and Illinois Department of Corrections work crews to speed debris
Blagojevich cautioned Illinois citizens
to remain alert during spring weather and to take cover when severe
storms approach. "While we certainly hate to see people's homes and
businesses damaged or destroyed, those things can be replaced; our
lives and those of our loved ones cannot."
about severe weather preparedness is available on the Illinois
Emergency Management Agency's website,
by calling (217) 785-0229.
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