Continued Flooding Forces Gov. Pritzker to Issue 2nd Disaster Proclamation

May 31, 2019

Governor JB Pritzker has issued a second state disaster proclamation for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, including four counties in southern Illinois.

Both the Mississippi and Illinois rivers reached major flood stage in March and have remained at those levels.

State officials say flood-fighting efforts will continue to be critical to protect the health, life, and safety of Illinoisans. This emergency proclamation will ensure continued state support, including 200 Illinois National Guard soldiers, to help communities battling floods.

The disaster proclamation covers Alexander, Jackson, Randolph and Union counties in southern Illinois.

Dry fields are underwater near McClure in Alexander County.
Credit Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

All sites from New Boston downstream to Cape Girardeau along the Mississippi River are expected to reach their top five all-time crests.