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Governor declares Cook County a disaster area

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  • Due to flooding in areas like Des Plaines, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday declared Cook County a state disaster area. The declaration will help residents like Cata Sebe, whose car got caught up in the floodwaters on Big Bend Drive, get assistance.

      Due to flooding in areas like Des Plaines, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday declared Cook County a state disaster area. The declaration will help residents like Cata Sebe, whose car got caught up in the floodwaters on Big Bend Drive, get assistance.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Big Bend Drive remains flooded in Des Plaines Monday.

      Big Bend Drive remains flooded in Des Plaines Monday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • A vehicle makes its way slowly along a flooded Big Bend Drive in Des Plaines Monday.

      A vehicle makes its way slowly along a flooded Big Bend Drive in Des Plaines Monday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
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Cook County is joining Kane, Lake and McHenry counties as state disaster areas due to widespread flooding, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Sunday after touring flood damage along the Fox River in Algonquin.

"With floodwaters impacting communities in Cook County, I'm adding the county to the state disaster proclamation to ensure we provide responders the resources they need to continue protecting public health and safety," Rauner said in a news release.

The proclamation makes a variety of state resources available to help communities respond and recover from flooding. Those resources include sandbags, sand, pumps, trucks and other heavy equipment, and other assistance to ensure public safety.

So far, the state has provided 350,000 sandbags to Lake County and 100,000 sandbags to McHenry County, according to the governor's office. On Monday, 50,000 sandbags will be delivered to Kane County. The state is staging another 350,000 sandbags in northern Illinois for quick deployment to communities.

For updates on the current situation, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.ready.illinois.gov.

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