45,000 apply for federal flood aid in Illinois

September 2, 2010 (CHICAGO)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that about $75 million has been distributed since seven Illinois counties were declared federal disaster areas. FEMA officials say the average aid is about $3,000.

Federal officials say flood victims have until Oct. 18 to apply for any aid. "It's a 60-day window, so we still encourage residents to register either via the 800 number, the website or the disaster recovery centers," said Greg Eaton, FEMA.

Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties had major flooding from July 22 through Aug. 7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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