Springfield, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn
has initiated a state response center to monitor flooding and severe weather in
portions of Illinois and help coordinate assistance local authorities may need.
It's called the State Incident
Flooding has forced authorities to close
sections of several major expressways around Chicago. Schools have been canceled, and
several hundred flights were scrapped at O'Hare International Airport, where
Thursday's storm has dumped more than 5 inches of rain. Also the rainstorm has
ripped open a sinkhole on the city's South Side.
Quinn is urging the public to stay alert.
He had events scheduled in Springfield on Thursday
but in a statement says that he plans to change that so he can assess flooded
areas and the emergency response himself.
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