Flooding

Illinois Has Second Wettest April On Record

May 2, 2017
WUIS

Last month was the second-wettest April on record for Illinois. Average state precipitation came in at about seven inches.  

State Climatologist Jim Angel says much of it came in the last seven days, particularly in downstate areas such as Carbondale and Murphysboro. Gov. Bruce Rauner activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts. 

The Illinois River rose to around 14 feet over the weekend due to heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service predicts it could crest as high as 20 feet Monday. 

As of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service reports Ottawa received the most rain, at 4.5 inches. It was followed by Oglesby, at 4.44 inches, and LaSalle, at  highest precipitation, at 4.37 inches. 

Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Media

Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties -- but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses.

Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove yesterday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. 

He says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse.

'Urban Flooding' A Big Problem In Illinois

Jul 27, 2015
WUIS

Illinois communities along rivers are used to flooding. But a state report says there is an increase in so-called "urban flooding" in communities outside a flood plain.

Flooding in cities and towns across Illinois did more than $2 billion in damage over a seven year period. The report from the DNR blames outdated sewer systems and heavier rains. 

FEMA Looking For Temporary Workers

May 31, 2013
Guy Stephens / WNIJ

FEMA is taking applications for temporary, full-time workers in such areas as finance and administration, writing and public information, planning, individual disaster assistance, information technology and  logistics.  

According to a news release, most of the 78 jobs will be located in Aurora, with others located in the impacted areas.

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