Yesterday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued a disaster proclamation for seven counties to help support them and recover from flood damages. These counties include Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair.
You can find the latest information on evacuation instructions and road closures by visiting http://jacksoncountyema.yolasite.com/
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the flood fighting efforts, please call the Jackson County Volunteer Coordinator at 618-534-9212. Please note that if you are volunteering, you must prepare to be self-sufficient with respect to adequate clothing, gloves, food etc.
The volunteer effort thus far has been amazing. Southern Illinoisans are pulling together to help their friends and neighbors fill and place sandbags and provide food and shelter to displaced families.
Organizations wishing to volunteer in groups should also work through the Volunteer Coordinator prior to deployment.
Bottoms Evacuation Facebook Page
I want to extend a special note of thanks to the administrators of the Bottoms Evacuation Facebook Page. This Facebook group has gathered more than 2,000 members in its short existence and has provided critical information regarding the volunteer effort. The Jackson County Volunteer support center has also played a critical role in dispatching volunteers to help sandbag and deliver food. Thank you to these special groups and to all of their members for their hard work and volunteerism.