Illinois expands disaster proclamation; more floods possible

Jul 17, 2017


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, looks at a flood inundation and road closure map with McHenry County Emergency Management Director David Christensen at the Algonquin Public Works Department in Algonquin, Ill., Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Credit Paul Paul Valade / AP Photo

ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

Rauner gave an update Sunday while touring the community of Algonquin, where the Fox River is expected to rise Monday. He says local officials could call for evacuations near the river in Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook counties.

Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation Friday for Lake, McHenry and Kane counties. It followed storms that hit last week. Floodwaters began to recede over the weekend along the Des Plaines River. 

The disaster proclamation makes a wide variety of state resources available, including sandbags, pumps and trucks.

Lake County officials warn traffic problems are expected Monday amid flood-related road closures.