State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) met with Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director James Joseph to inspect flood damage in the town of Hillview caused by a levee breach during heavy rainfall.
Between six and seven inches of rain fell in the Greene County area over a short period of time during the weekend, eventually causing a nearby creek levee to fail, sending water rushing into the small town. Local officials estimate there was standing water in nearly 80% of the town.
“The most important thing here is that everyone survived thanks to the dedication of emergency responders, who braved dangerous conditions to rescue several residents from their homes,” McCann said. “Unfortunately many of our levees are in critical condition after holding back historic water levels.”
The town was evacuated on Sunday, but by Monday morning water levels had receded and most residents had been allowed to go back into their homes. According to the National Weather Service, Illinois River levels to both the North and South of Hillview remain in the “major flooding” category.
“We are working to make sure the residents of Hillview have everything to get through this disaster,” said Senator McCann. “And we have to look forward to repairing the broken levee, which may require state and federal funding.”
Senator McCann urged residents to contact the IEMA 24-hour response line at 800-782-7860, or his Capitol office at 217-782-8206, if they need more information on state assistance.