(KTVI) – Heavy downpours of rain have area creeks, streams and rivers overflowing with water. Flash flooding and rising rivers and streams have forced evacuations, damaged or destroyed homes and businesses, caused power outages.
Governor Quinn just declared 38 Illinois counties disaster areas. A release from the Governor’s offics says the disaster declaration will accelerate and expand access to state emergency resources. It will also allow the state to formally pursue federal relief and support.
There is help available to those in the path of the flood. Here are some resources if you need help:
- If you live in St. Louis, you can contact the City of St. Louis Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) at (314) 622-3501.
- If you live in St. Clair county, you can contact the St. Clair County Health Department at (618) 233-7703.
- If you live in Madison County, you can contact the Madison County Health Department at (618) 692-8954.
If you live in a flooded area, here are some tips to take:
- Call your insurance carrier for information about your flood insurance. Regular property and casualty insurance does not cover flooding.
- Evacuation is safer and much more simpler before flood waters become too deep for ordinary vehicles.
- Move valuable household possessions to an upper floor if time permits.
- Take photos or video of the damage to your home or property and report it to the local emergency management agency.
- Throw away all food that comes in contact with flood waters, including canned foods.
- Monitor the radio for special information regarding where to go for assistance.
For more tips on being prepared before, during or after a flood, please visit cdc.gov.