FEMA Denies Illinois' Request For Federal Flood AssistanceFEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate said in a letter notifying the state of the denial that the damage from floods and severe storms isn't beyond the capabilities of the state, affected municipalities and voluntary agencies.
Death Toll Rises To 20 As Flooding Threatens Levees In Missouri And Downstate IllinoisA rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. At least 20 deaths over several days in Missouri and Illinois were blamed on flooding, mostly involving vehicles that drove onto swamped roadways.
Rare Winter Flood Threatens Missouri, Illinois LeveesA rare winter flood pushed swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard-of heights Tuesday, sparking widespread evacuations and the transfer of inmates from an Illinois state prison as Missouri's governor activated the National Guard to help divert traffic away from submerged roads.
Elmhurst Officials Purchase Two Homes To Decrease FloodingThe two homes are located in the 200 block of North Geneva Avenue, and will provide flood reduction benefits to nine homes that have flooded in the past. The homes will provide conveyance for storm water into and out of any future storm water facility in East End Park, according to a statement from the City of Elmhurst.
Cleanup Underway After Storms Bring Flooding, TornadoSevere weather left its mark on the Chicago area Friday night, from flooding to a tornado that touched down in southwest suburban Frankfort, and efforts to clean up and recuperate from the damage continued Saturday morning.
Massive New Reservoir To Help Alleviate Chicago Area FloodingThe Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago was cutting the ribbon Tuesday morning at the Thornton Reservoir, which can hold 7.9 billion gallons of stormwater and sewage.
Feds Offering Emergency Loans To Most Illinois Farmers After Extensive FloodingFarmers in every county in Illinois except one have been made eligible to receive low-interest loans from the federal government, to help them recover from extensive damage caused by flooding.
Overnight Storms Leave Flooding Across ChicagoMany streets and viaducts across the Chicago area flooded overnight, as heavy rain swept across the northern Illinois. The storms dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain across the Chicago area by Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Pink Line Service Resumes After Earlier FloodingService on the CTA Pink Line was returning to normal Tuesday morning, after trains were halted on a two-mile stretch of the route for more than seven hours, due to flooding on the tracks.
New Report Details Urban Flooding Problems In IllinoisUrban flooding in Illinois is most common in older parts of towns and has been made worse by urbanization and changes in climate, according to a new state report.
More Rains Bring New Flooding Fears To KankakeeHundreds of homes in far south suburban Kankakee have been inundated with water this month, and the Kankakee River was continuing to rise, after another round of rain overnight.
With Rain On The Way, Kankakee Residents Keeping Close Eye On Rising River Flooding fears are rising along the Kankakee River, where the wet forecast is on everyone’s mind.

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