IL Gov. Rauner activates National Guard troops in southern IL

IL Gov. Rauner activates National Guard troops in southern IL
Published: Jan. 1, 2016 at 6:11 PM CST
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ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has activated Illinois National Guard soldiers to aid in flood damage relief in southern Illinois.

Approximately 20 soldiers from the 2-130th Infantry Battalion, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team were ordered to report to the Illinois Army National Guard's Marion Readiness Center early on New Year's Day.

In addition, an Illinois Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with hoist capability has been placed on standby.

The helicopter and crew is part of B Co., 1-106th Aviation Battalion based out of the Illinois Army National Guard flight facility at Midway Airport in Chicago.

"Local communities continue to battle rising flood waters and the state stands ready to assist as needed," Governor Rauner said.

"Activating these Illinois National Guard soldiers is a prudent step should they be needed at a moment's notice by local communities as flood waters are expected to continue to rise in some areas through the weekend."

The Infantry soldiers will stand ready to assist local authorities in securing flooded areas and in checking on the health and welfare of local citizens.

The helicopter and its four-Soldier crew will help with evacuation efforts, if needed.

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