FEMA opens two flood victim centers in Peoria County

May 28, 2013

  FEMA has opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Peoria County for flood victims to register for federal recovery assistance.  One center is at the Chillicothe Fire Department and the other is at Kickapoo Township Hall in Edwards.  The County says individuals can also register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov. 

East Peoria residents affected by a landslide last month say they want a plan from the City to help.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the city says it won't use tax dollars in the recovery: 

Federal flood damage assessments in IL

Apr 29, 2013
Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

Federal officials started to assess the damage to Illinois homes and businesses Monday from the recent floods.  The head of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency says the state wants tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help pay for flood damage.  Governor Pat Quinn says homeowners and businesses who suffered flood damage could qualify for loans to get back some of the money spent on clean-up. “It’s important that we assess all of the expenses and the damage that occurred because of the floods.

Flooding preparations south of Peoria

Apr 23, 2013

The river is still rising on the stretch of the Illinois River south of Peoria.  IPR’s Bill Wheelhouse reports:

Floods mean cargo delays in region

Apr 22, 2013
Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

The floods are also having an economic impact on the trucks that move through the state.  Don Schaefer is executive vice-president of the Mid-West Truckers Association. He says the flooding closes roads, and that makes it more difficult for trucks to reach their destinations: 

Fishing on a golf course

Apr 22, 2013

The massive flooding along the Illinois River is surging into homes, businesses and public spaces. While some residents leave their properties as the waters rise, others in Central Illinois are making the best of the flooding, if not taking advantage of the situation.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:


Schock tours flood-damaged areas

Apr 22, 2013

Congressman Aaron Schock says he's concerned about the ability of Peoria, Pekin and East Peoria to withstand impending flood waters. The Illinois River is expected to crest at Peoria at 30 feet and a half feet. That could go higher if more rains swell the river. Schock says he's confident federal funds will be available once the damage is done:

The rising levels on the Illinois River could pose a significant risk to residents living around Chillicothe and Rome.  Peoria County says the Illinois River is expected to crest at nearly 30-feet by Monday night.  The County says residents in those areas should be prepared to leave their homes if needed. Peoria County says it will send representatives into flooded areas in the coming weeks to conduct damage assessments.  

Quinn surveys area flooding

Apr 19, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn met with area officials in Bartonville yesterday as part of a state-wide tour to survey flood damage.  Quinn declared 40 counties state disaster areas.  That helps expand the deployment of state emergency resources.  Quinn says the recent flooding is unique to the state: