Tuesday, June 08, 2010
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IDOC & IDOT join forces with IEMA to help clean up after devastating tornadoes

Work crews in Dwight and Magnolia

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[June 08, 2010]  CHICAGO -- Tornadoes ripped through several towns in Illinois on Saturday night, leaving devastation in their wake. Many homes were lost, and sadly some lost their lives to these killer storms. The damage and debris trail is vast and the cleanup seemingly insurmountable. That's where the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Department of Corrections and Illinois Department of Transportation are stepping in to make the cleanup a little easier on local officials and the citizens hit by this disaster.

IDOC prison work crews were called in by IEMA on Sunday morning and have been coming from the Dwight, Sheridan, Pontiac and Stateville correctional centers.

According to IDOC Lt. John Eilers: "Our crews are requested in Dwight, Magnolia and Streator, where they have been hit very hard by storms. We provide the manpower and IDOT provides the trucks. Together we haul the debris to dump sites. Our crews will work for hours helping in the cleanup alongside IDOT and IEMA."

IEMA is in the preliminary stages of their damage assessment. As a result, additional crews may be requested later in the week.


The Illinois Department of Corrections operates 27 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers. The agency is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful re-entry of inmates into society.

The primary responsibility of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is to better prepare the state of Illinois for natural, man-made or technological disasters, hazards or acts of terrorism. The agency's goal is a "better prepared state." IEMA coordinates the state's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs and activities; functions as the State Emergency Response Commission; and maintains a 24-hour Communication Center and State Emergency Operations Center.

The Illinois Department of Transportation provides safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and demonstrate respect for the environment.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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