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Governor blames climate change for more frequent flooding across Illinois

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019  |  Article  |  By Benjamin Yount | Illinois News Network

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Illinois' governor said the flooding in Illinois is worse and more frequent than in the past.

Nearly a third of Illinois is covered by disaster declarations.

"We have flooding and rains all across Illinois," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in Quincy. "I've had to declare a disaster in 34 counties. That's almost a thirds of the state of Illinois."

Most of those counties are along the Illinois or Mississippi rivers.

The governor said this year's flooding is worse, and the recent flooding is more frequent than in the past.

"All of you know that climate change has had a real effect across the state of Illinois," the governor said. "So this kind of situation that seemed to have only happened every 20, 30, 40 years is happening much more frequently. So people need to take notice and make preparations."

One of those preparations is to get flood insurance.

The disaster declarations will help local governments and some businesses, but people are mostly on their own.