MARSEILLES, Ill. (AP) -Gov. Pat Quinn is continuing to tour areas hit hard by the floods, including a community that evacuated a hospital.

On Sunday, he’ll visit Marseilles (mahr-SAYLZ’) Elementary School, parts of which are closed due to floods. He’ll also travel to Ottawa, meet with fire officials in North Utica and stop in Morris, where the flooding forced evacuations at a hospital.

So far, Quinn has declared 41 counties disaster areas. Those designations permit expanded access to emergency resources.

Quinn has been touring flood-hit communities around Illinois for days.

Recent rains have swollen many rivers and streams across the state to record or near record levels. Even after the rain, some areas are getting worse because water levels continue to rise, especially in communities along the Illinois River and its many tributaries.

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