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Hundreds of Ill. state workers help after floods

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Hundreds of state workers are helping as Illinois recovers from flooding.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office on Monday detailed work that eight state agencies are doing after last week's flooding. Among the efforts the governor says more than 240 Illinois Department of Transportation workers are delivering sandbags and other necessities.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has inmates helping with sandbagging. Authorities say more than 660 inmates have filled more than 80,000 sandbags since Friday.

The Illinois National Guard has sent a Blackhawk helicopter to survey flood control systems on the Des Plaines and Little Calumet rivers. And Department of Natural Resources workers have helped with evacuations, river rescues and missing person searches.

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