CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency in Illinois on Thursday due to flooding throughout the state.
A statement from Quinn's office says that a state of emergency ensures that state resources are activated and that the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely.
Emergency personnel have been on the ground in hardest hit areas since early Thursday morning.
"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Governor Quinn said. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."
For flood safety information and real-time updates please visit Ready.Illinois.gov, and for traffic updates please visit GettingAroundIllinois.com/gai.htm.