Directs Activation of State Emergency Operations Center As Needed to Expedite Resource Deployment

SPRINGFIELD – As reports indicate potential record flooding in the coming days, Governor Bruce Rauner today issued a state disaster proclamation for Lake, McHenry and Kane counties to ensure continued state support to communities as they recover from the recent heavy rains. Rauner’s disaster proclamation comes as the state has already coordinated the delivery of 350,000 sandbags as requested by Lake County and is sending another 250,000 sandbags and plastic to an Illinois Department of Transportation yard in northern Illinois.

Governor Rauner also directed Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director James K. Joseph to activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) as needed over the weekend and into next week to coordinate any requests for assistance from flood-impacted communities.

“These counties were hit with flash and river flooding caused by more than seven inches of rain over a couple of days,” Governor Rauner said.  “The first responders have done a tremendous job protecting public health and safety.  IEMA has been working closely with the emergency managers in these counties.  This proclamation will ensure that we continue to provide whatever assistance is needed now and in the coming days as they begin recovery efforts.”

“IEMA and state agencies currently are working together with the affected counties to proactively identify potential resource needs and allocate the necessary state resources,” said Joseph.

For updates on the current situation, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.ready.illinois.gov.