SPRINGFIELD — The State Emergency Operations Center was activated Monday morning to ensure state personnel and equipment are ready to be deployed to help local emergency responders as they deal with flooding and winter weather.
Representatives from several state agencies and state officials are assessing the storm’s impact and communicating with local response officials to determine if state resources are needed to ensure Illinoisans’ safety. The center will remain activated as long as necessary.
State resources processed include water pumps and hoses to Calhoun County and barricades for road closures in the Metro East. These resources were provided and delivered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James K. Joseph urges residents to avoid travel if possible Monday because of flooded roads in central and southern Illinois.
“Road conditions are hazardous in many areas of the state, so if you can postpone travel plans today that would be best,” Joseph said. “If you must travel, be sure to check on road conditions along your route. And as always, if you encounter water over a roadway, please remember, ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown.’”
For updates on the current situation, including links to guides on winter weather and flood safety, visit www.ready.illinois.gov.