Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has declared seven counties a disaster area in the wake of tornadoes that tore through the state Sunday.
"Yesterday Illinois was hit extremely hard by deadly tornadoes that left many in a great deal of pain and loss," Quinn said. "Although we are still receiving reports of massive damage to communities across our state, we want to make sure people are getting the assistance and resources they need as quickly as possible. As we pray for the families of those who have lost their lives and other who are injured, the state of Illinois will do everything necessary to help these communities recover."
The counties are Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford. By declaring them a disaster area, the counties will received access to emergency resources including state crews to remove debris and to provide communications and security, according to Quinn. The state is also providing generators, light towers and other emergency resources.
Quinn said he plans Monday to tour some of the hardest it communities including Washington and New Minden.