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Durbin Sees No Hope For Flood Aid

Apr 12, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he'll appeal an Obama administration decision last month denying the state millions in federal disaster assistance.  The governor's office says late December’s severe flooding in central and southern Illinois caused more than 16 million dollars in damage.

When Rivers Can't be Controlled, Farmers are Left in Limbo

Mar 23, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson for Harvest Public Media

Driving along rough and muddy gravel roads next to what was once a rich soybean field, farmer Adam Thomas gazes out on an upended mess of tubes, wheels, and hoses from a nearby farmer's irrigation system.

A total of 23 Illinois counties are under state disaster status due to flooding. Gov. Bruce Rauner added 11 to that list Tuesday.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A report from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said damage from urban flooding (flooding on higher ground outside a flood plain) caused more than $2 billion worth of damage between 2007-2014 in Illinois.

Abby Wendle

Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Missouri, Matt Plenge squinted at a patch of gray clouds hanging low over his farm fields in the distance.  "Does it look hazy up there?" he asked. "We only had a 20% chance today. We shouldn't get any rain."

Flooding Could Close NE Missouri Roads for Weeks

Jun 25, 2015
Credit Jason Parrott

Heavy rain throughout Northeast Missouri this week has resulted in widespread road closures. As of 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, the subsequent flooding resulted in 135 roads being closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Burlington's plan to hold back the mighty Mississippi River moves forward.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Improvements could be made to a highway in Clark County that is prone to flooding, as long as voters support a new sales tax next month.

The stretch of Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line runs near the intersection of the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers.

It is shut down at the moment because flood water has overtaken the road.  MoDOT must inspect the road once the water has receded before it can be re-opened.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Cities and counties along the Mississippi River are preparing for a surge of high water.

The Red Cross Flood App

Mar 31, 2014
Rich Egger

Just in time for spring, the American Red Cross has created something new to help when disaster strikes.

Scott Stuntz

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for applying for recovery assistance from this spring’s flooding in Illinois.

Burlington is seeking federal help in protecting several downtown properties from flooding.

Tri-States Farmers Face Choice

May 30, 2013
Scott Stuntz

Farmers who still have not been able to get into the fields will have a decision to make at the end of the month.

Jane Carlson

Security cameras at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg captured video of flood waters bursting through the front doors during Tuesday night’s heavy downpour.

Scott Stuntz

The Schuyler County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency reported it is beginning to receive calls from residents and businesses about water damage.

The week of the Boston Marathon bombing and the workplace explosion in West, Texas, it was impossible not to feel guilty about a nagging sense of loss from flooding. Even there, many people in west-central Illinois were hit far harder, losing everything short of their lives.

Scott Stuntz

The McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency will open flood damage assessment centers to help those whose property was damaged by April’s heavy rains and floods.

Details are included in this news release issued by ESDA:

Western IL Readies for Federal Disaster Declaration

Apr 26, 2013
Scott Stuntz

As a result of heavy rains and flooding, much of west-central Illinois has been declared a state disaster area and a federal disaster declaration could follow.

The fact that the Mississippi River is slowly starting to recede is not stopping flood preparation in one Hancock County community.

Waste Management has agreed to collect flood damaged items in Macomb for the next two weeks. 

McDonough County Works on Disaster Application

Apr 22, 2013

McDonough County has not been declared a state disaster area but the county is working on it’s application to be declared one.

Lamoine River Rises 17ft. in 24 Hours

Apr 18, 2013

*UPDATE*  Since this story was published, the National Weather Service now says Lamoine River has broken the 1965 record of 27 feet, and is set to crest sometime Friday at 29 feet.

The over five inches of recent rains caused the Lamoine River to rise 17 feet in a period of 24 hours.