Perspective: I've Never Seen A Spring Like This

Jul 1, 2019
Dan Kenney


“I’ve been farming 60 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.” A farmer said this to me recently. He was discussing the wet cold spring which prevented planting of corn at its normal time. 

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Residents of flood-ravaged counties in northern Illinois will not face state penalties or interest for late state income tax filings or payments, according to a declaration Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

McHenry, Kane, Lake and Cook Counties were declared state disaster areas as a result of floods earlier this month.

The waiver applies to affected taxpayers for payments or returns due between July 11 and December 31.

American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers from northern Illinois have been working all week in South Carolina as much of that state continues to battle disastrous floods.

Patricia Kemp, communications manager for the American Red Cross northern Illinois region, has been there since last Saturday. She says a number of volunteers from Illinois are there to manage shelters and meals for the flood victims, as well as another important aspect of recovery:

The Weather Channel

Heavy rainfall and flash flood warnings came across northern Illinois this past week. 

With tropical depression Bill landing in Texas Friday, severe storms may hit Illinois again this weekend, according to The Weather Channel

Iowa Flood Center / University of Iowa

Floods in the Midwest and nearby states are not getting bigger -- they're just occurring more often.

That's the conclusion of a study by the University of Iowa Flood Center. It looked at 50 years of river levels in 14 states. 

Gabriele Villarini, an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, says the rising number of floods is due to more rain.  

“Overall, you see that there has been an increase in the number of heavy rainfall days rather than increasing the magnitude of the largest rainfall days,” Villarini said.

More Time To Apply For Flood Relief

Jul 3, 2013
WNIJ File Photo

The deadline to apply for federal flood disaster aid for people affected by April flooding has been extended to July 24.  The original registration deadline was July 9. According to a release from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the state’s appeal of the federal government’s denial of aid to people in Putnam and Warren counties was also approved, bringing the total number of counties eligible for individual assistance to 35.


Illinois residents in Winnebago and Whiteside counties are now eligible to register for federal disaster assistance.

According to a release from FEMA, federal assistance in Illinois has reached more than $68 million, distributed among 24,000 individuals and households, since May 10.

The latest summary of federal assistance to individuals and households that suffered losses due to the severe storms and flooding between April 16 and May 5 includes: