by Illinois DNR

Roger Deschner [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are reminding water enthusiasts and residents of river communities to stay off Illinois rivers during flood stage, both for their safety and the safety of emergency response personnel.

“We understand that it’s summer and folks are ready to get out and enjoy Illinois’ rivers and waterways, but it’s just not worth the risk when these bodies of water are at flood stage,” said Jerry Costello, director of law enforcement, IDNR. “Even during moderate flooding, our Conservation Police Officers regularly see rapid currents, floating debris and other dangers

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