The Illinois Supreme Court won’t decide on the legality of LaSalle County's SAFE unit until at least September.

The North Central Illinois Council of Governments is working with the mayors of Ottawa and Naplate to secure a disaster-relief grant. 

They're seeking funds from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to cover repairs to homes damaged in the February 28 tornado that hit the two municipalities. The Ottawa Times reports that at least 10 to 12 homes are either uninsured or underinsured, and both mayors need to fully document the necessary funds for repair and the homes that are damaged. 

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. 

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Ottawa City Engineer Dave Noble says some of the tornado damage from February 28 could have been prevented if construction was up to code.

Two Deaths Confirmed After Ottawa Tornado

Mar 2, 2017
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Two deaths have been confirmed as the result of an EF-3 tornado ripping through LaSalle County around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the LaSalle County Coroner's Office, 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland was crushed by a falling tree at 436 State St.  The Peoria County Coroner's Office also confirmed the death of 31-year old David Johnson. He died of his injuries after being treated at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa, and OSF St. Francis in Peoria.