Governor Pat Quinn is touring areas that are battling ongoing… and worsening… flooding. Some of those areas include Marseilles (mar-SAYLZ’), where flooding has heavily damaged the elementary school, which will likely stay closed for the rest of the school year… and Morris, where a hospital had to be evacuated because of the flooding.
With flood waters approaching, Caterpillar is closing its facility in East Peoria for the next few days… and moving some 6800 workers to different locations for the time being. A company spokesman says the move is being made out of an abundance of caution, to protect workers and equipment as the Illinois River climbs to near-record levels.
Locally, the Sangamon River continues to climb, and is now not expected to peak until Monday, at about a foot-and-a-half above flood stage. The swollen river is still expected to affect primarily farmland.
41 Illinois counties have now been declared state disaster areas.