A Proclamation of Disaster order has been issued by Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan. With the order, the Madison County Emergency Management Agency will be able to to expedite support for areas that have or are expected to experience flooding. Of particular concern, says Dunstan, is the downtown area of Alton as well as the potential for flooding along Route 100 and near Clifton Terrace in Godfrey.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has activated Phase One of the Levee Emergency Plan which includes closing one lane of the Berm Highway near Lock & Dam 26. Bypass pumping is currently controlling the water levels in the ponding area. Dunstan says declaring an emergency at the county level frees up resources. A disaster declaration at the state level would also mean more money for clean-up.
The Madison County Proclamation of Disaster remains in effect until May 24, unless extended by the county board.