CRYSTAL LAKE – In response to historic flooding along the Fox and Des Plaines Rivers, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is letting residents know that his office is ready and willing to be a much needed resource for those impacted. The 66th House District includes areas in both McHenry and Kane counties along the Fox River.
“I want to encourage any residents impacted by these historic flood waters to reach out to me if I can be of assistance in any way,” said Skillicorn. “Things can be replaced, but the most important thing is that people remain smart and stay safe.”
The Governor issued a disaster proclamation on Friday for the effected counties to ensure the state can provide whatever assistance is needed now through sandbags, pumps and other means and in later recovery efforts through property tax breaks and other means. Illinois Emergency Management Agency has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate any requests for assistance from flood-impacted communities. Individual residents are encouraged to contact Rep. Skillicorn’s Springfield office at (217) 782-0432.
“Thank you to all the volunteers and first responders keeping us safe. It has been inspiring to see the work being done by people coming together in this community and in surrounding counties. I want people to know that I’m here as a community resource during this unprecedented time. Please contact me if you need any assistance in receiving state aid or navigating state agencies,” Rep. Skillicorn continued.
Historic flooding has negatively impacted many homes, schools, businesses, and institutions in the area, coordinating recovery efforts could take significant time. A flood warning continues to be in effect until Thursday for Cook, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and McHenry Counties. Water is expected to continue to rise along the Fox River until at least Tuesday.