SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $73 million in federal aid has been approved to date to help more than 26,000 people and households affected by severe flooding in April. The assistance includes grants to help with disaster-related expenses such as temporary home rental, home repairs and replacement of damaged personal items. In addition, nearly $2 million in low-interest loans to people and businesses have been approved to help with recovery.
“These grants and loans are helping people put their lives back together after the devastating April floods,” Governor Quinn said. “This federal aid is critical to the recovery process, and I appreciate the Obama Administration’s efforts to speed needed relief to people affected by the flooding.”
Governor Quinn’s leadership on flood response and recovery efforts helped secure federal assistance for 33 counties affected by flooding, including Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Clark, Cook, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Peoria, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.
Anyone affected by the April floods is encouraged to register for federal assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number (800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing and speech impaired) to apply for assistance. Registration also can be done online at disasterassistance.gov.
Governor Quinn also has requested federal assistance to help local governments in more than three dozen counties recover 75 percent of their eligible flood-related expenses. The state is waiting for a decision on those requests.