Governor requests SBA Assistance for Christian, Iroquois counties for December floods

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted Friday a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December 2015.

FEMA denies Illinois’ request for federal flood aid

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois’ request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties, including Iroquois County.

Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.

FEMA will help with damage assessment

SPRINGFIELD — Federal help could be on the way for Villa Grove, Watseka and other communities still recovering from recent flooding.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will assist with damage assessments in areas affected by heavy rains in late December and early January.

Iroquois County Board chairman wants permanent fix to address flooding

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson would like to use any federal disaster funds that might come Iroquois County’s way to do something — anything — to create a longterm solution to address the county’s flooding woes.

As the Beaverville Republican notes, “This is the new norm, having two or three floods a year.”

Drivers warned of dangers of traveling on flooded roads

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police are reminding drivers of the extreme dangers of traveling on flooded roadways.

Drivers are urged to:

— Reduce speeds and drive with caution and to allow for extra travel time.

— Not drive through flooded areas, and if a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, to not attempt to do so.

Health department reminds well owners to test following floods

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is recommending that owners of private water wells arrange to have their wells inspected following heavy rains to ensure that surface water has not entered the wells through the well cap, vent or sanitary well seal. 

Disaster declared in Watseka, Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville has declared a local disaster due to severe flooding in the county, the Iroquois County Emergency Services & Disaster Agency announced in a news release Thursday.

“In the meantime, officials throughout jurisdictions in Iroquois County are working together, along with the state of Illinois,” the release said.

Paxton's seen more than 3 inches of rain in three days — and it keeps coming

PAXTON — As the heavy rains from the weekend continued into Monday afternoon, employees at the Paxton Hardware & Rental store on South Market Street were busy selling and renting out sump pumps and other supplies they normally don’t see much demand for in late December.

City to residents: 'Stop depositing leaves/grass on streets'

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being warned that they could be fined up to $750 if they deposit leaves or grass clippings on city streets.

The city issued the warning Friday and asked that residents stop doing so.

“This causes the storm sewers to become clogged and flooding to occur,” the notice said.

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