UPDATE:  Event has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for Sept. 18

Madison County is hosting a public ceremony to recognize and honor those who helped fight the Flood of 2019, but it has now been postponed until next month. The county will show its appreciation to volunteers, community members and government entities during a public ceremony at 3pm on September 18th at the Madison County Administration Building.

The postponement is in deference to the flash flooding that just occurred in the Granite City and surrounding area last week. Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler tells The Big Z the river flooding cost Madison County $24.8-million.

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Those expected to attend the ceremony include officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwest Illinois Flood Prevention District, Illinois National Guard, Metro East Sanitary District, Wood River Drainage and Levee District, the cities of Alton, Wood River, Granite City, Madison, Venice, the villages of Godfrey, Hartford, and East Alton, the Madison County’s Sheriff Department, Highway Department and Emergency Management Agency and Riverbend Family Ministries.

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