Duckworth hosts roundtable on impacts of flooding with Southern Illinois leaders

 

ULLIN, IL — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth hosted a roundtable discussion with officials from four Southern Illinois counties to talk about the extreme flooding.

Officials from Alexander, Union, Randolph, and Jackson counties, and leaders from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sat at the roundtable.

Duckworth says she and the Illinois Congressional Delegation wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week to support Governor J.B. Pritzker’s request for a disaster declaration for counties that had crops damaged by the ongoing flooding.

Last month, she and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin introduced the Fairness in Federal Disaster Declaration to reform the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster declaration process. She says this will make it more fair to small and rural communities in larger states.

“As Americans, it’s our responsibility to support one another in times of need, especially when our communities are devastated by disasters and severe weather,” said Duckworth. “Flooding across Southern Illinois has devastated so many families, and I will keep working with local leaders and doing all I can to help provide federal support to repair these affected communities.”

Duckworth says she asked for a study on what the federal government is doing for flood risk management infrastructure in the Midwest and how the levees can be improved.

She says she also introduced legislation to help cities develop better methods for mapping, understanding, and reducing urban flooding.