Governor Rod Blagojevich has declared seven Illinois counties state disaster areas.
Governor Rod Blagojevich has declared seven Illinois counties state disaster areas. The governor visited an American Red Cross shelter for flood victims in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines on Monday before taking an aerial tour of the flooded areas. The counties covered by the declaration are Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will. Residents in those counties are working to recover from flooding caused by record-setting rains over the weekend. The governor’s office says the state disaster declaration means more state assets and personnel will be available to flooded communities. So far, the state has already provided 130,000 sandbags, along with several water pumps and boats to help with evacuations. AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.