SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The effort to clear debris from last week's thunderstorms in southern Illinois is getting additional help from communities in other parts of the state.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday it has called upon a mutual aid network that was organized earlier this year to reinforce crews already on the scene. The network is made up of city and county public works and road departments.
On Sunday, workers and equipment will start arriving in southern Illinois from Champaign, Macomb, Urbana, Villa Park, Wauconda and Stephenson County.
The Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network has 17 member departments.
It will join employees from the state Department of Transportation and inmate crews from the state Department of Corrections who are already cleaning up trees and branches.
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