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IL Gov. Rauner tours southern IL, speaks on flood relief


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visited southern Illinois Saturday, where he was briefed on the conditions of the flooding. 

In Olive Branch, Rauner spoke about the five confirmed breaches in Alexander County, which is the worst Rauner has seen.

Rauner says he is intending on visiting every county affected by the flooding.

He also says hundreds of families have been forced to evacuate - but the majority of families that have been asked to leave, won't. 

He stresses that floods during the winter are much more dangerous than those in the summer, with water temperature dropping as low as 30 degrees. 

Rauner stresses that if you're requested to evacuate, please do so. 

He also says the state has never had very much in specific funds for natural disasters.

However, he stressed that the current budget problems are not affecting the capability to address the floods.

Rauner says the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be able to help those small businesses impacted by the flood. 

He says the plan is to go after federal financial assistance, where they will try to get relief reimbursed from the federal government.

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