Stephenson County, Illinois — July 23, 2017 — As a result of the recent storms and flooding that have hit Stephenson County inflicting severe damage to multiple areas of the region, Stephenson County Board Chairman William Hadley has signed a disaster declaration for Stephenson County.
Between July 19, 2017 and July 22, 2017 Stephenson County has been hit with road and bridge closures, widespread power outages, structural damages, flash flooding, river flooding and straight-line wind damages, a recommendation to sign a disaster declaration came from the Stephenson County Emergency Management Director, Robert Baker.
The declaration has been sent to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Operations Center.
A local declaration does not guarantee State or Federal disaster assistance; however it does streamline the process for obtaining additional emergency resources for the County should they be needed. Local jurisdictions and agencies, along with elected officials, will be working together in the coming days to identify any recovery assistance that may become available to residents who were affected.
Residents who have been impacted by flooding should pay attention to future press releases which will outline the information needed and procedures for reporting damages.For more information, contact Stephenson County Board Chairman William Hadley at 815-235-8389 or the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency at 815-599-0344.
For affected residents seeking shelter, contact the Red Cross Hotline at 847-220-7495.