Gov. Pritzker visits Stephenson, Winnebago counties to assess flooding

Published: Mar. 20, 2019 at 9:51 AM CDT
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker makes a stop to Stephenson and Winnebago counties Wednesday after flooding damage in both areas.

Pritzker directed the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to elevate the State Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2 in order on March 13. His visit comes in a push for state assistance and resource requests for both counties.

The governor also observed flooding damage and spoke to Winnebago County officials near the Harlem Street bridge around 11 a.m.

Prtizker also stopped by Freeport to assess the flooding shortly after noon. He spoke with IEMA officials on the status of flooding in northern Illinois.

“These are some of the highest river levels this area has seen in more than three decades, and I commend local emergency managers, law enforcement, fire and the volunteer organizations that have come together to keep people safe and preserve property,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Here in Winnebago and Stephenson counties, we see how much good happens when neighbors help neighbors. For downstream communities that will be impacted by flooding in the days and weeks to come, I know that many groups are already preparing to help their neighbors. While we know that rebuilding will take a lot of time and work, we are committed to being your partners for the future.”

According to Pritzker's office, assistance has been provided statewide for the flooding. The aid includes 234,000 sandbags, 125 rolls of plastic and 16 pumps in various sizes.

HAPPENING NOW: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stops by Machesney Park to observe flood damage by the Harlem Road bridge.

Posted by WIFR TV on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WATCH LIVE: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and IEMA officials speak on the flooding in Stephenson County.

Posted by WIFR TV on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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