National Guard troops help sandbag in Ill.

June 16, 2008 2:19:06 PM PDT
Hundreds of state National Guard troops and prison inmates are sandbagging areas in western Illinois threatened by the rising waters of the Mississippi River. In a news release, Governor Rod Blagojevich's office today says another 100 Air National Guard troops have been deployed to assist in the effort.

The state has also sent out about 2.8 million sandbags and is ready to provide another 4.5 million sandbags. It also has a stockpile of about 100,000 gallons of water if the flooding disrupts water supplies.

Of particular concern is the water treatment center in Quincy. Officials have been sandbagging that facility that sits in a floodplain, and Blagojevich spokesman David Rudduck says if it is flooded it could disrupt the water supply for 40,000 people.