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Disaster declared, as cleanup continues in storm-swept areas of Illinois

Gov. JB Pritzker (right) surveys damage and talks with Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan
Illinois Information Service
Gov. JB Pritzker (right) surveys damage and talks with Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan

Leaders say they're working to clear debris and rebuild

Crawford and Marion Counties are among those in the state's disaster declaration after Friday's severe weather swept across the region.

In Crawford County, three people were killed. The Robinson Airport was damaged and at least one building at Lincoln Trail College was destroyed.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Scott Swinford says the state is ready to help.

"We have coordinated all the state assets available and necessary to provide for any shortfalls you have. We're in closed coordination with county emergency management and again they're doing a fine job, but we do stand ready to fill in those gaps as they're necessary."

Crawford County Board Chair Bill Burke says they are transitioning to recovery mode and will be setting up dumpsters to help with clean-up.

He notes they’re good on donations such as water right now.

Marion County reported numerous homes and buildings damaged, as well.

The National Weather Service is still investigating the intensity of the storms. Numerous communities reported trees and limbs down, as high winds, heavy rain, and hail impact almost all of the region. Some tornadoes also touched down.

Jennifer Fuller joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director. She will oversee the launch and operations of CNI’s new broadcast division.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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