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Illinoisans Warned About Potential for Spring Flooding

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio
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Flooding closed portions of Route 3 in Alexander County in 2019.

Illinois officials are urging the public to prepare now for potential spring flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, abnormally moist ground conditions and high river levels in the upper Midwest could lead to flooding this spring.
Rachel Torbert with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that’s why it’s a good idea to consider flood insurance.

The Illinois Department of Insurance recommends reviewing your current homeowner’s policy to see if you have flood coverage.

Illinois’ largest disaster in 2019 was the flooding that hit more than 33 counties last spring. Torbert says it could happen again.

Those living in communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program can purchase federally backed flood insurance or you can go with your private agent. Torbert says they will be holding events around the state to answer questions about flood insurance.