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Lauzen signs off on local disaster declaration

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen (right) talks with Margi Stuessy, Kane County Office of Emergency management lieutenant, in the area of the Herrington Inn along the Fox River in downtown Geneva.
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen (right) talks with Margi Stuessy, Kane County Office of Emergency management lieutenant, in the area of the Herrington Inn along the Fox River in downtown Geneva.

In light of the damage caused by flooding this week, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen has signed off on a local disaster declaration. According to a news release issued Friday, the move is a step in the process to get Kane County declared a federal disaster area and open potential federal assistance to the citizens and municipalities affected by the flood. 

If federal assistance does become available for Kane County residents federal assistance centers will be set up to aid those eligible for the assistance, the release stated.

More than four inches of rain fell in less than a 24-hour period, causing the Fox River to rise above flood stage. Much of the rain that has fallen north of Kane County must pass through the already flooded Fox River, the release stated.

"This additional water flow has greatly added to the high water levels," the release states. "The Fox River runs the entire length of Kane County and through our highest population centers."

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