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Mon June 3, 2013
Federal Flood Assistance Tops $68 Million In Illinois
Illinois residents in Winnebago and Whiteside counties are now eligible to register for federal disaster assistance.
According to a release from FEMA, federal assistance in Illinois has reached more than $68 million, distributed among 24,000 individuals and households, since May 10.
The latest summary of federal assistance to individuals and households that suffered losses due to the severe storms and flooding between April 16 and May 5 includes:
- More than $68.3 million in FEMA grants approved for individuals and households;
- Of that amount, more than $60 million approved for housing assistance, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes;
- More than $8 million approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and damaged personal possessions;
- More than 33,000 home inspections completed to confirm disaster damage;
- Nearly $2 million in loans to homeowners, renters or business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration; and
- More than 1,560 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Illinois.
The Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle County will close permanently Tuesday, June 4. Although the center will close, Illinois survivors of the mid-April storms and flooding can continue to register by phone or online through July 9.