Ottawa, IL – Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)announced funds that would be released to the Village of DePue and to the City of Peru to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Last month, areas across the 16th Congressional District faced severe flooding and damages due to intense rains.
The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides these grants to state and local governments, and allows communities to prepare infrastructures and other measures that would help reduce the risk of such damages and losses.
A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is joining state and county officials this week to assess recent flood damage in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties.
Officials will gather at a flood site in Watseka this (Monday) afternoon.
Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency had requested federal assistance for the counties following severe flooding during February. County officials conducted initial damage assessments and found that 126 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. Another 850 homes were also impacted by flood waters.
Governor Rauner said in a press release issued Friday, ‘’These damage assessments will provide a clearer picture of the damage and insight on what people need in order to fully get back on their feet.’’
Assessment teams from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local emergency management agencies are expected to begin assessing damage to homes and businesses. The assessments will continue until completed.
Governor Rauner issued a disaster proclamation for all three counties on February 23rd to ensure state support during the flooding.
A two-vehicloe crash Saturday in Ford County left a Champaign woman dead. 33-year-old Christina Curtsinger was pronounced ead at the scene. Her eastbound car crossed the centerline of Route 9 at County Road 2150E. The victim's car hit an SUV driven by a Gibson City woman. Pamela Goff was treated for injuries. Illinois State Police investigated at 7 am.
In Grundy County-- A Channahon man died in a colission with a truck pulling a trailer on Route 47 at the Gardner Road. Sheriff's Police investigated at 5:50 pm Friday. 41-year-old Robert Hogg died at Morris Hospital. Three individuals in the pickup pulling the trailer refused medical treatment at the scene.
Late afternoon on Thursday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Hobart Police Department that 38-year-old April Lynn Salazar-Bernal was located by the Hobart Police Department deceased inside their city limits.
Salazar-Bernal was reported missing earlier this week from the Wheatfield, IN area. The investigation is ongoing.
The Iroquois County Clerk’s election department will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon for early voters. Registered voters who would like to vote before the March 20 General Primary Election, may come into the County Clerk’s Office up through the early voting deadline, Monday, March 19th, to cast their vote.
In addition, if you are not registered to vote or if you have moved and need to change your address, you may do so during this time and vote in the office at the same time (grace period registration). Anyone that would like to register would need to bring two forms of identification with them, one article needs to show their current living address as well as a mailing address, if that is different.
The County Clerk’s Office is located at 1001 E. Grant Street in the Administrative Center in Watseka. Telephone inquiries regarding early voting should be directed to the County Clerk’s office at 815-432-6960 each weekday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.