IDOC provides flood assistance operations
SPRINGFIELD - April 26, 2013 – Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) staff and inmates have been quick to answer the call as the flood waters began to rise around the state. Several counties have requested assistance either through inmate work crews or sandbag filling operations to assist communities and areas affected by rising rivers and flood waters.
IDOC has assisted in sandbag filling operations at several facilities. To date, 2,238 inmates from East Moline, Illinois River, Western Illinois and Jacksonville correctional centers as well as Pittsfield and Greene County work camps have together filled 275,960 bags. The bags have assisted several communities and locations in Fulton, Adams, Schuyler, Pike, Morgan, Calhoun and Scott counties. IDOC inmates have collectively logged 13,968 hours throughout this sandbag filling mission.
In addition, IDOC has provided 134 crews, totaling 1,067 inmates and 168 staff members to communities to assist with flood fighting operations. The inmates involved in these work crews have logged more than 10,951 hours throughout this detail.
IDOC is proud of the efforts of its staff and inmates actively involved in the flood fighting mission. The department will continue with facility sandbag filling operations and will send work crews to affected areas as long as the assistance is needed.