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FEMA expected in Watseka Thursday

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are likely to be conducting flood damage assessments in Watseka tomorrow (Thurs). Preliminary damage assessments will be compiled. It's another step toward the effort to bring federal help following the flooding in June and July.

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood says "this is not a guarantee federal help will result, but it's what we wanted --- to get FEMA here to take a look."

FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and local personnel will be properly identified when they arrive at people's homes to do preliminary damage assessments as a result of the flood.

The assessments are another step in determining whether there will be any assistance for individuals.

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti made a stop in Watseka (Tues), praising the local response.......

"I'm here to assess damage and just thank everyone for coming together with that Midwest spirit of rebuilding and working together as a team," Sanguinetti said.

Governor Bruce Rauner (Monday) issued a Disaster Proclamation for 23 counties, including Iroquois, Grundy and Vermilion. Rauner requested assistance from FEMA to gather damage assessment details.

The City of Watseka, meanwhile, is conducting its own damage assessment of individual homes for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program. Most homes will be inspected individually.

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Livingston County crash kills driver

A crash between a car and a semi Tuesday afternoon left one person dead near Cullom.  The victim hasn't yet been identified.  Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke said an autopsy will be completed.

The victim was driving eastbound on Route 116 in Sullivan Township.  The car collided with a westbound semi tractor pulling a flatbed trailer near County Road 3100E.  Cullom Fire, Saunemin Fire, Cullom EMS, Duffy Ambulance, IDOT and Sheriff's Police all assisted.

Sheriff's Police, Illinois State Police and the Coroner's Office are investigating.

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Man dies following police stand-off in Rantoul

A man is dead following a standoff with police in Rantoul. A man believed to have robbed a local Hardee's restaurant barricaded himself inside a Days Inn Hotel early yesterday morning. Hours later, police say officers shot gas into the room after the man threatened to harm himself and others. The standoff ended with a Champaign officer shooting the man, who died later in the hospital.

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Vermilion County deaths investigated, two bodies found near Danville

Autopsies are to be completed today (Wed) on the bodies of a man and woman found Tuesday morning in the small town of Hillery, west of Danville. Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said a 911 call alerted officials around 8 am. No identities have been confirmed.

The Vermilion County sheriff's office is investigating the death of the man and woman, whose bodies were found lying near a tree line along the north edge of a property at 322 Western Avenue.

The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation unit processed the scene.

Sheriff Hartshorn said a contractor working to rehab a house discovered the bodies.

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Lt. Governor tours Watseka flood damage, visits with 911 dispatchers

Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti got her own first-hand look at some of Watseka's flood damage Tuesday. She also got a look at a detailed map, presented by Mayor Bob Harwood, showing the areas that sustained flooding the last two months.

Sanguinetti offered hope that FEMA may be touring and conducting damage assessments yet this week.

Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a disaster. A proclamation issued Monday is likely to bring FEMA officials to town to pursue additional hep.

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