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Gov. Quinn declares state of emergency in wake of flooding

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As state agencies prepare to provide assistance to local governments throughout northern Illinois to deal with severe flooding, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon.

The state of emergency ensures state resources are activated and the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely, a statement from the governor's office said. It also allows the state to request resources as needed, such as personnel and equipment.

State and local emergency personnel have been on the ground in hardest hit areas since early Thursday morning.

"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Quinn said in the statement. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."

The State Incident Response Center has been activated to coordinate the state's response to the floods, including:

— Department of Central Management Services to monitor conditions at state facilities to ensure they can provide critical services.

— Department of Transportation to ensure public safety through road closures, message boards and other assistance to affected communities.

— Department of Corrections will have 30 inmates at the Pittsfield Work Camp in Pike County assist with filling sandbags.

— Department of Public Health is providing local health departments, hospitals and medical offices with information on tetanus shots.

— State Police assisting motorists stranded by floodwaters and working with local officials on road closures.

— Illinois Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the state's response and has deployed staff throughout affected areas.

— Illinois National Guard is coordinating with IEMA in the event troops are needed.

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