SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Franklin and St. Clair counties are being added as disaster areas in the aftermath of the tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that moved through southern Illinois on Sunday, April 28. After surveying the areas, it has been determined that damage occurred to homes, businesses, farms, and local roads in the communities of Sesser in Franklin County and Belleville, Swansea and Shiloh in St. Clair County. Initial reports indicate that this severe weather system destroyed 7 homes and caused major damage to 47 homes and other properties in the 2 counties.
“I am adding Franklin and St. Clair counties to the list of state disaster areas to help the victims and units of local government in their response and recovery efforts,” Governor Ryan said. “I am directing all appropriate state agencies to respond by providing assistance with clean-up efforts.”
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the state’s response in the impacted communities. Assistance is being provided by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the American Red Cross.
This declaration also makes it possible for damage assessments to be conducted to determine if additional assistance is necessary.