WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Illinois officials and FEMA staff are expected to begin joint State/Federal Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in Jo Daviess County today. The county experienced severe flooding from heavy rains on May 16 and 17.
Western areas of Jo Daviess County were hardest hit and cleanup activities have already begun. State Route 35 is closed due to mudslides and traffic is being detoured around the affected areas. However, there have been no significant transportation problems reported.
The Mississippi River continues to rise, but the National Weather Service has reduced many of the forecasted crest levels. The anticipated flooding has been downgraded from major to moderate or minor. Some secondary roads and recreational facilities could be affected, but no significant structural damage is expected.