|March 21, 2008|
Governor Blagojevich opens state camping facilities free of charge to those displaced by flooding
Illinois Department of Public Health urges people in flooded areas to take precautions to prevent illness and injury; provides safety tips for mobile homes affected by flooding
CHICAGO, Ill. – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today directed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to make all accessible campsites and camping cabins in Southern and parts of Central Illinois available free of charge to those displaced by flooding until further notice. IDNR region 4 and 5 offices have been instructed to allow access to a variety of camping sites to those who have been affected by recent heavy rains in the southern part of the state. On Thursday, Gov. Blagojevich declared 19 southern Illinois counties state disaster areas.
“As we continue to work closely with local emergency management officials to assess and meet their communities’ needs, today I directed the Department of Natural Resources to make campsites and cabins available free of charge to those who need them. While these sites may not offer all the comforts of home, they may provide temporary relief for those who are flooded out of their homes,” said Governor Blagojevich.
While some campsites may not be accessible due to weather, access to all available camping facilities and camping cabins in regions 4 and 5, including the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, will be open free of charge to flood victims on a first come first serve basis. It is recommended that people call ahead to the appropriate park office before traveling to check current availability. The IDNR requests, if possible, that people bring a photo ID with a home address.
Those who have internet access can use the DNR website (www.dnr.state.il.us) for a list of all facility phone numbers. The following sites in regions 4 and 5 have accessible camping facilities.
**Camping cabins have very limited amenities – most have electricity, beds with mattresses, heaters and a small tables and chairs. They do not have indoor plumbing or linen services.
The above are recommendations and are not required. They are meant as examples of items that should be checked for the protection of the homeowners and the value of their manufactured homes. In some cases, if water did not touch the bottom of the manufactured home, only footings, piers and anchors may need to be inspected for damage. Any corrections to the support and anchoring of the home should be performed by an Illinois licensed manufactured home installer or the homeowner in accordance with the homes installation instructions.
For more information call the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health at 217-782-5830.
People near flooded areas also need to take extra precautions to protect themselves from disease often carried by flood waters by staying out of the water as much as possible. Flood waters and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses and other organisms that may cause disease. The following information can help protect communities from illness and injury.
These basic precautions can help to prevent disease:
Food and Water Safety
Use only bottled or disinfected water for drinking, cooking, tooth brushing and bathing until you are sure the water supply is safe. Discard food exposed to contaminated waters. If refrigerators or freezers have taken in water, discard food stored there. If no water entered these appliances, but power was lost long enough for foods to thaw, discard all partially thawed foods unless prepared immediately.
Discard milk, cheeses and other foods prone to spoilage.
Completely thawed meats and vegetables should be discarded without question. Discard all bulging or leaking canned food and any food stored in jars. Undented, intact cans can be cleaned with a bleach solution before use.
After the flood, removal and cleanup of sewer or flood water is essential. It is important to take the following precautions to prevent injury:
The following cleaning guidelines may help prevent the transmission of disease and reduce property loss:
Discard any contaminated objects that cannot be thoroughly washed or laundered.
For more information call your local health department.
On Thursday, Gov. Blagojevich declared 19 southern Illinois counties state disaster areas, including Alexander, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, White and Williamson. The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities recover from flooding, including equipment and personnel to assist with flood-fighting efforts as well as post-flood clean up.
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Harrisburg in Saline County is experiencing a 500-year flood event as are areas along the Cache River, while Crab Orchard in Williamson County is experiencing a 300-year flood event. This means these areas could be expected to experience such flooding once every 300 or 500 years.
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