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Pritzker orders more National Guard troops to fight flooding

Hillview, IL Flooding on July 19, 2015. Photo via Andy Banker on Twitter.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has activated an additional 80 Illinois National Guard troops for flood-fighting efforts in southern Illinois.

The governor’s office said Thursday about 140 Guard troops now are being used for sandbagging operations, levee monitoring and security in East Cape Girardeau, McClure and Gale.

It says state agencies have moved more than 150,000 sandbags, more than two dozen pumps, and other flood-fighting tools to the area to keep evacuation routes open. However, due to inland flooding, both Illinois Route 3 and Illinois Route 146 in the immediate area of East Cape Girardeau are not passable.


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