There is a public alert in effect for Alexander County, IL due to recent flooding, particularly around the Ohio River, caused by heavy rainfall. In fact, over 20 Illinois counties have been declared as disaster areas by Gov. Rauner.
The flooding has already caused a lot of damage and cleanup has been slow. All residents of these counties should avoid driving near or entering into flooded areas. The danger is still present since the river hasn’t receded yet, so don’t risk your life! Avoid these areas and keep you and your family safe.
The damage that has already been caused by the flooding is enormous and residents are frustrated by the state’s inaction. Although County officials claim there is not much they can do until the flooding alert has ended and the water itself has receded.
Worse still, this is the second time residents have had to deal with flooding in the new year. The first time around, approximately 125 structures were hit with flooding caused by several days of heavy rainfall. It is believed that the brunt of the flood damage was caused by a breach in the river’s levy, giving it a direct path to damage Illinois homes.
Unfortunately, nine people in Illinois died from that first big flood of the new year. Yet the government has done little to aid Illinois residents and prevent further problems.
Between the extreme cold and extreme flooding, residents are struggling to save their homes. Many who are unhappy with the government’s lack of action took part in a FEMA buyout meant to be used to elevate their homes in order to avoid situations like this.
But the money never came in. Gov. Rauner’s office claims this is the Illinois legislature’s fault for not approving the funding yet.
Residents are frustrated with the uncertainty of their situation and have no idea how this problem will be addressed. Rauner claims the National Guard is on the ready to aid residents, but he was noncommittal about finding funding to repair the damage caused by flooding.
Once the flooding recedes and the damage can be more properly assessed, then the governor can take action. If the damage exceeds a certain amount, he can request federal disaster aid for these counties.
However, it takes hundreds of severely damaged homes in order to qualify for this aid. Whether the damage is enough to request for aid and whether Rauner will make that request if it is, remains to be seen. In the meantime, we urge residents to stay safe and avoid flood areas if possible.
In addition, be aware that with flooding comes mold. So when your home has been rid of flood water, be sure to schedule a mold inspection right away in order to prevent even further damage to your property.