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"Flood" by Flickr User Howard Lake / (CC X 2.0)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked federal responders to join state officials in assessing the damage in four counties after flooding last month.

Rauner's office said Thursday that workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other groups are expected to start damage assessments on homes and businesses Friday morning.

The assessments will be done in Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. They will continue through the weekend until they're complete.

"SLOW NO WAKE" by Flickr User Kevin Jarrett / (CC X 2.0)

A no-wake ordinance on the Rock River will be lifted in some northern Illinois counties today, according to sheriff's department officials.

The no-wake order was posted in several northern Illinois counties last week after the National Weather Service-issued flood warning.

That included Lee, Ogle and Winnebago counties. Ogle County lifted their no-wake ban early Monday morning. Lee County Sheriff John Simonton says the no-wake signs will be taken down by Monday afternoon.

Some NIU Buildings Experience Leaks From Thunderstorm

May 12, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

Last night’s thunderstorm resulted in water leaking into several structures at Northern Illinois University. 

One foot of water seeped into New Hall’s basement, which triggered a fire alarm and resulted in the building’s temporary evacuation.  NIU Spokesman Joe King says other areas were affected, but the damage was minor. 

Illinois Residents Can Check Flood Information Online

Dec 29, 2014
Andrew Epstein / WNIJ

Ever wondered why some areas of your community flood more than others? It might be because they are located in a flood plain. Kingsley Allan, a GIS Manager for the Illinois State Water Survey, who helped design a mobile friendly version of the website Illinoisfloodmaps.org, says residents can use their service to learn about flooding in their area.

Andrew Epstein / WNIJ

Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

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