Illinois Department of Corrections, Local Residents Join Forces With State To Fight Flooding

Protecting critical infrastructure is a priority in any flood operation.  Critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, levees, pump stations, power plants and hospitals, is essential to a community’s health, safety, security and economic well-being.The State of Illinois utilizes work crews from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to provide extra manpower to flood fighting efforts in river communities. These individuals, vetted by a complex IDOC application process, are filling sandbags at various locations across the state, and helping communities fortify levees. These IDOC crews are supervised by the Illinois State Police (ISP) or IDOC at all times. Despite the challenging circumstances and work conditions, these crews are in good spirits and a welcome addition to the workforce.  IDOC facilities up and down river have produced one-million sandbags, which have been distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to places in need throughout the state. To date, IDOC work crews have worked more than six-thousand hours placing sandbags for the Illinois flood fight, which began in early-March. IDOC facilities up and down river have produced one-million sandbags, which have been distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to places in need throughout the state. To date, IDOC work crews have worked more than six-thousand hours placing sandbags for the Illinois flood fight, which began in early-March.

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