FEMA funds available to Cook County residents impacted by flooding after Biden declares disaster

ByLiz Nagy and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Funding available to Cook County residents impacted by flooding
Chicago flooding caused significant damage in late June and early July. FEMA flood money is now available to affected Cook County residents.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Federal funding is now available to Cook County residents impacted by flooding that happened earlier this summer, President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday.

Residents are still recovering from record-setting rain and storms that caused devastating flooding in the Chicago area more than a month ago.

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On Tuesday, Biden answered residents' calls for help, and approved Gov. Pritzker's Illinois disaster declaration. Funding is now available to those affected by the storms and flooding from June 29 to July 2.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in Cook County.

FEMA's Andrew D. Friend has been appointed to coordinate Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

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Mayor Brandon Johnson responded in a statement, saying in part, "Today's action by the Biden administration is a critical lifeline for Chicagoans, particularly communities on the West Side, who are still reeling from heavy storms and flooding last month."

West Side residents have spent the last six weeks siphoning out water and drying out their belongings as best they can, but the floods left their homes in extensive disrepair. Congressman Danny Davis said if inspectors came to his house Tuesday morning they would have found water in the basement.

West Side residents have packed meeting spaces begging for any kind of government aid since.

"They spoke up, spoke out, they had town hall meetings, they emailed. And they asked for help," said State Rep. LaShawn Ford.

Johnson reminded residents to make sure they have contact their insurance company about damage if they haven't already, and noted that you can still apply for assistance if you are underinsured or have no insurance. He also reminded anyone affected to make sure they keep and save all documentation related to damages.

Residents and business owners who suffered losses can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA App.