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.
Thirty-three counties were 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.