Illinois floods

Learning From Flood Disasters

Feb 13, 2014

Northern Illinois is no stranger to floods. Last year, several counties were declared federal disaster areas because of damage from rising waters. With spring right around the corner, some officials want to make sure they’re better prepared to deal with the situation, should there be more flooding this year and beyond.

FEMA Deadline Extended

Jul 24, 2013

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the application deadline for Illinois residents affected by extreme flooding earlier this year. Thursday was supposed to be the final day to apply for assistance.


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:

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  • Governor declares disaster area
  • Links to weather and flood information
  • Marseilles Elementary School closed

Governor Pat Quinn toured areas along the Illinois River in Marseilles. His visit also included stops in Ottawa and North Utica. He declared 44 counties disaster areas.