ELMHURST, Ill. (CBS) — As he toured flood damage in the western and northwestern suburbs, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency, and said residents of northeastern Illinois must be prepared for flooding throughout the state over the next few days.
A major spring storm has dumped more than six inches of rain in some areas since Wednesday night, leaving many local rivers, creeks, highways and streets flooded. With more rain expected throughout the day, the water isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The governor toured west suburban Elmhurst early Thursday afternoon, and also planned to tour flood damage in northwest suburban Des Plaines and west suburban River Forest.
“We have to be prepared, not only today, but over the next several days, for flooding in different parts of our state,” Quinn said.