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