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.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It was a year ago today torrential rains triggered a disaster along the Illinois River in LaSalle County. Seven barges crashed into a dam in Marseilles, causing millions of dollars in damage.  

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Eleven Illinois counties were declared federal disaster areas Friday evening, paving the way for people and businesses to get more help with flood recovery efforts. President Obama approved Governor Pat Quinn’s request for federal help in the aftermath of mid-April flooding.