Iroquois County Declares Local Disaster

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IROQUOIS COUNTY – The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) announces the county has declared a local disaster.

The Watseka Fire Department, Police Department and Public Works are working all day and night to handle the situation. Officials say the Fire Department in Watseka extracted 47 homes and 57 other families voluntarily evacuated. 60 square blocks in Watseka are affected by flooding.

Local agencies, departments, township supervisors and road commissioners have united to respond to the flooding across Iroquois County.

The Iroquois EMA says homes, businesses, infrastructure, roads, culverts and drainage systems have all been affected by the county-wide flooding.

Sugar Creek in Milford is currently at 20 ¼ feet and is expected to continue to fall. The Iroquois River at Iroquois is just above 24 feet and is also expected to fall. Residents are urged to not drive through water over roads.

The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church has 59 residents at this time. Clothing donations are being handled by the Peoria Regional Red Cross. An animal shelter will open later tonight at Jefferson Plaza located on the southwest corner of US 24 and Route 1 intersection on the east side of Watseka. Iroquois Animal Control will be present to take care of displaced pets.

Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other local officials are continuing to work together to respond to upcoming situations.

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