Illinois Governor Pat Quinn surveyed flood preparations in Quincy Friday afternoon.
He issued an emergency declaration on Thursday and has declared 38 counties state disaster areas following the flooding and severe weather affecting areas across Illinois.
Counties included in the Governor's declaration include Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Pike, Schuyler and Scott counties. Other counties statewide include Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.
The action will allow the state to access federal resources including generators, pump systems sandbags and additional funds.
The disaster declaration will speed and expand the deployment of state emergency resources. It also allows the state to seek federal help.
The Illinois Department of Corrections will have 30 inmates at the Pittsfield Work Camp in Pike County assist with filling sandbags.
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