BARTONVILLE, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn spent much of Friday touring the hardest hit areas of Illinois. He has now declared 40 counties disaster areas.
Governor Quinn was originally schedule to visit Edwards, but at the last minute made a change and stopped in Bartonville to survey damage covering Route 24.
He said the state is strong and we will get through this tough time together.
He encouraged all residents and businesses effected by flood waters to keep careful records.
"Within 30 days of today, April 19th file any papers with the Federal Disaster Assistance. In doing this, we learned this in southern Illinois a couple years ago, it's very important we keep all our documents, all our receipts, all our expenses, all of our specifics about damage that has been done," said Governor Quinn.
While the flood has been terrible in our area, Governor Quinn believes the worst is yet to come.
He said emergency personnel are working with our local officials as Peoria and areas south prepare for record high flooding from the Illinois River.