State Stands Ready to Help Storm Ravaged Area

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today offered state assistance to the Rockford area following severe flooding that struck Rockford and Winnebago County yesterday.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) also is sending personnel to the area to provide technical assistance to county officials as they assess the damage and determine if additional assistance is needed.

“Yesterday’s severe weather caused serious flooding in the Rockford area that forced many people from their homes,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is working closely with emergency management personnel in Rockford and Winnebago County to ensure that they receive any assistance needed to recover from this storm and the flooding it caused.”

In a letter to Rockford Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey and Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen today, Gov. Blagojevich assured the community leaders that the State of Illinois stands ready to provide assistance, including additional law enforcement support, damage assessment teams, assistance with victims whose homes are damaged ad need ongoing personal care, technical assistance from engineers with the Illinois Department of Transportation, and other assistance that may be determined necessary.