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Governor Rauner requests disaster aid for Iroquois and 22 counties

Governor Bruce Rauner has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance with storm damage in 23 Illinois counties, including Iroquois and Vermilion.

The Governor also issued a state disaster proclamation for the 23 counties saying they were devastated by a series of severe storms in June and July that caused heavy rainfall, flash and river flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds.

Rauner said, ''We're working to do everything within our power to help people and communities affected by the tornadoes, flooding and damaging winds these storms generated. These damage assessments will provide us with greater detail as to the impact of these storms and could be used to support a request for federal assistance.''

A State Damage Assessment Team will visit Watseka neighborhoods Tuesday 8/4. The damage assessments will be used to hopefully, bring FEMA to the area to get a first-hand look at the seriousness of the damage.

The state has already provided assistance to many of the affected communities, including sandbags filled and placed by offenders from the Illinois Department of Corrections, debris removal and delivery of flood-fighting supplies by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and other support from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois State Police, and Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Watseka detour, RR repairing U.S. 24 crossing

The Route 24 railroad crossing at the Toledo, Peoria & Western crossing west of Watseka is closed beginning today (Monday 8/3). The crossing is being upgraded by T.P.&W. crews for the next days. A detour has been posted.

U.S. Route 24westbound traffic will be detoured north on Illinois Route1 to Route 52; then west on Route 52 to Illinois Route 49. Traffic then heads south on 49 back to Route 24 at Crescent City.

U.S. Route 24 eastbound traffic is directed north on Route 49 to Route 52; then east on 52 to Route 1 (south of Martinton) and back south on Route 1 to Route 24 at the west junction of Watseka.

Non-local travelers are reminded that the Route 1 bridge, north and south thru Watseka, is limited to a single-lane for a bridge replacement project.

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Wisconsin men escape serious injury in ATV mishap

Minor injuries reported to three Wisconsin men when they were thrown from an ATV they were riding Saturday in rural St. Anne. The driver, 24-year-old Thomas Ayling, was cited Iroquois County Sheriff's Police for operating an ATV on a public roadway.

Police reported Ayling and his two passengers were treated at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.

Ayling made a U-turn on County Road 1900 E to retrieve a piece of lost clothing That's when the ATV entered a ditch and rolled. Several area fire departments and EMS staff searched the area looking for one of the men who began walking to get help. Cory Pallen was located near Aroma Park by Kankakee County Sheriff deputies. Ayling and Richard Ruthenburg were treated at the scene.

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Cissna Park man killed in rollover accident

Forty-seven year-old Thomas McClintock of Cissna Park suffered fatal injuries in a one-vehicle accident Saturday in Iroquois County.

Sheriff's Police report McClintock lost control of his southbound pickup truck on County Road 1200 E. He tried to over-correct after the truck left the west side of the road. Police said McClintock was ejected when the truck rolled several times.

Cissna Park Fire and EMS responded along with IMH Ambulance personnel. The victim was pronounced dead at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Sheriff's Police and the Coroner's Office are investigating.

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Moped driver killed in Monticello, IN crash Sunday

Monticello, IN police reported a car collided with a moped in the 1800 block of N. Francis Street Sunday afternoon. 57-year-old James Bush was pronounced dead at the scene. The White County Sheriff's Office said Bush's moped hit the back of a vehicle stopped to make a turn into a business parking lot.

70-year-old Robert Roth was traveling north on Francis Street and had stopped to turn. Bush was driving his moped south on Francis Street.

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