Blagojevich declares Rockford, Winnebago state disaster area
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committed to helping area recover from severe flood
[August 08, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich declared Rockford and Winnebago County a state disaster
area for damage caused by flooding early Tuesday morning and said
the state will continue to work closely with local officials to
ensure the area recovers from this event as quickly as possible.
"Once again, families in the Rockford area have been forced from
their homes by flooding," Blagojevich said. "The state of Illinois
is committed to helping these communities recover as quickly as
possible from this flooding, and we will continue to work with local
officials to see how we can help this recovery process."
Personnel from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency were sent to the affected area
Tuesday morning after state officials learned of the flooding. They
remain on the scene to offer assistance and coordinate any requests
for state assets with officials in Springfield.
With the state disaster proclamation, state assistance could help
local governments with extraordinary costs incurred in responding to
and recovering from the damage. That assistance also could include
state assets, such as equipment and work crews, to help with debris
removal. A state disaster declaration is also required if the state
requests federal disaster assistance, which could make available
grants or low-interest loans for individuals and businesses and
reimbursement to local governments for extraordinary expenses. A
federal disaster declaration is issued when recovery from a disaster
is beyond the capabilities of the local and state governments.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]