Flood damage assessments began in Chicago Monday. Data collected during the assessments will be included in a request by Gov. Pat Quinn for federal assistance that, if approved, could provide grants and low-interest loans to people affected by flooding as well as low-interest loans for flood-impacted businesses.
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“These teams will collect information that is critical for our request for federal assistance to help people and businesses recover from this devastating flood,” Quinn said. “As people continue to rebuild their lives after this widespread disaster, this support will help them.”
Teams comprising personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local officials began assessing flood-damaged homes in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties on Monday. They will continue damage assessments in other counties impacted by flooding as waters recede.
Next week, FEMA and IEMA personnel will begin meeting with local government officials in flooded communities to document their flood-related costs. That information will support a request from Quinn for federal assistance, which would enable state and local government to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement for those expenses.
Some of the hardest hit communities include Elmhurst, Des Plaines, River Forest, Bellwood, Riverside, Moline, Quincy, Bartonville, North Aurora, Marseilles, Ottawa, North Utica, Morris, Meredosia and Peoria.
Forty-eight counties have been declared state disaster areas including Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Cook, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford counties.