Flooding

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The sewage treatment plant at Marseilles is receiving two new upgrades to deal with potential flooding.

Wastewater Superintendent Jason Rix says the first of these is a floodwall providing five extra feet of clearance, which is still above the highest recorded level for floodwaters in 500 years. 

“We are putting in a roughly 1200 linear foot wall essentially, made of corrugated steel, and it will protect us from any flooding from the Illinois River," he said.

This comes after two near-floodings in 2008 and 2013 when the plant was saved by judicious use of sandbags. 

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Two Illinois Valley cities are getting more than a million dollars each from the federal government to help prevent flood damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the grants to Ottawa and Marseilles Tuesday.

U.S. Government/SBA

People and businesses in northwestern Illinois affected by severe storms and flooding in July are now eligible for federal help. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made the announcement Tuesday.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s approval of the state request for assistance means people and businesses in Stephenson and the surrounding Illinois counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago who were affected by flooding are now eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans to help them recover from the disaster.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has submitted a request to the federal Small Business Administration to help Stephenson County residents affected by July flooding.

“Stephenson County was particularly hard hit by the July floods, and we want to do everything possible to help them fully recover,” Gov. Rauner said. “If approved, the SBA assistance could be a tremendous help to many people who are working to repair or replace their homes or businesses.”

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner extended tax deadlines for residents in counties struggling with recent flooding.

The affected counties include Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Rock Island, Carroll, Henry, and Jo Daviess.  This expands a privilege extended previously to Kane, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties. The waiver applies to those whose tax returns are due between July 11 and Dec. 1. 

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