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Disaster declaration in effect across Perry County

  • Flooding damage exists across Perry County, and recent thunderstorms and high winds have brought other kinds of damage. This Pinckneyville home narrowly evaded more serious damage from this felled tree.

    Flooding damage exists across Perry County, and recent thunderstorms and high winds have brought other kinds of damage. This Pinckneyville home narrowly evaded more serious damage from this felled tree.
    Photo provided by Daniel Herbst

 
Staff Report
Posted on 5/8/2017, 5:00 AM

The Perry County Emergency Management Agency has established a disaster resource hot line for any residents that have been affected by the recent flooding.

Residents may call 618-201-6854 or 618-201-6935 to speak about flooding-related issues. Additional resources also are available on Facebook page and through email at perrycountyema@gmail.com.

On Friday, Perry County Board Chairman James Epplin declared a state of disaster in Perry County following a recommendation from Director of Emergency Management Chuck Genesio.

"Local agencies have been working tirelessly since last Friday to ensure public safety and protect property of local residents and maintain critical infrastructure systems," Genesio said in a news release.

Several homes in Du Quoin, Pinckeyville and other areas throughout Perry County have been affected. Multiple roadways have sustained considerable damage, and some continue to be vulnerable to flooding and washouts. A thorough damage assessment of the affected areas is expected to begin this week.

A local declaration of disaster does not guarantee state or federal disaster assistance, but it does streamline the process for obtaining additional emergency resources for the county should they be required.