With streets, homes and expressways under water across the area, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has declared a countywide state of emergency. County officials also say they'll ask Governor Rod Blagojevich to issue a disaster declaration for both the city of Chicago and Cook County -- a move that would make additional funds available to deal with flood-related costs. In a statement released today, Blagojevich said he directed staff from the state's Emergency Operations Center to monitor flooding and facilitate resource requests from officials in flooded communities. Maggie Carson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She said requests for assistance were relatively few, with several communities asking for sandbags and barricades to block flooded roads.
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