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You can add three LaSalle County towns to the growing list of flood-ravaged areas being visited by Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn was joined by State Representative Frank Mautino and State Senator Sue Rezin yesterday as he toured Ottawa, Utica and Marseilles to see first-hand the damage done by the massive flooding. In Marseilles, more than 200 people have been evacuated, another 60 nursing home residents have been displaced, and an elementary school has been closed. Utica and Ottawa have had their own share of evacuations as well. Quinn designated a couple more counties as state disaster areas, raising to 44 the total number of Illinois counties receiving expanded access to emergency resources. Quinn says his disaster declarations are a prerequisite to federal disaster assistance. Quinn has been touring flood-hit communities around Illinois for days. Recent rains have swollen many rivers and streams across the state to record or near record levels. Even after the rain, some areas are getting worse because water levels continue to rise, especially in communities along the Illinois River and its many tributaries. In Spring Valley, the city's sewage plant has been submerged, allowing sewage to go untreated into the river.
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