FEMA inspectors arrive in flood damaged London Mills

By WEEK Producer

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM CDT

LONDON MILLS, Ill. -- Clinton Plumer was cleaning up debris on Friday left from last month's flood.

A few hours later an inspector from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will stop by to assess the damage to Plumer's house, which he estimates to be as much as $20,000. He thinks he'll qualify for federal assistance.

"We have flood insurance. Between the two we're hoping to get enough to get our home repaired to where it was pre-flood," Plumer said.

A few blocks away the inspector from FEMA is already hard at work at the Knox residence. Dustin Knox says they were lucky and don't have as much damage as some of his neighbors.

Like Plumer he called the FEMA hotline number to arrange the visit.

"Its very valuable," said Knox. "This is one of those things that our insurance doesn't cover and its nice to be able to get some assistance if you can."

FEMA is advising residents and business owners who may also need assistance because of flooding to call 1-800-621-FEMA. That will begin a process where an inspection can be scheduled. It usually takes a week to ten days to determine eligibility.

Meanwhile, at the London Mills town hall, village officials and the director of Fulton County ESDA met with a representative of IEMA and FEMA about possible relief for the village.

"What we're doing is trying to help them get their funding back for what damages were caused during the flooding," explained John Lund, the director of Fulton County ESDA. "(The flood response) is creating more overtime and damages to levees and roads."

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