Illinois


President declares a disaster for 15 Illinois counties ~FEMA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Illinois and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes on November 17, 2013. The President’s action makes federal…


Rare November Tornado Outbreak Kills 6; Subtropical Storm Melissa Forms ~Dr. Jeff Masters’ Wunderblog

A rare and deadly late-season tornado and severe weather outbreak blitzed the Midwest U.S. on Sunday, killing at least six people and leaving widespread significant damage. A tornado preliminarily rated as a violent EF-4 touched down in New Minden, Illinois, east of St. Louis, carving a path of destruction three miles long, killing two people,…


St. Louis District Corps of Engineers Levee Update

Some levees in the area have been over-topped. This is not unusual for larger floods, when river levels rise above smaller levee heights. Levees over-topped in the St. Louis District include Columbia Bottoms and Kuhs in Missouri and Chouteau Island in Illinois. In the April flood, the following levees were overtopped: Pike Grain No. 4,…