Northern Illinois is no stranger to floods. Last year, several counties were declared federal disaster areas because of damage from rising waters. With spring right around the corner, some officials want to make sure they’re better prepared to deal with the situation, should there be more flooding this year and beyond.
The state of Illinois wants to help people who live near nuclear power plants be prepared in case of an emergency. This week, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced free potassium iodide pills will soon be available. Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland which is the most susceptible part of the body to radiation exposure.