FEMA surveys Central Illinois homes

By WEEK Producer

May 12, 2013 Updated May 12, 2013 at 10:09 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Hundreds of area households damaged by the flood will be assessed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency throughout this week.

Eleven counties in Northern Illinois have already been approved for federal assistance.

Seventeen additional counties have put in requests, and all of the homes in our area are included in those counties.

State and federal assessors will ask questions door-to-door, surveying homes affected by the flood.

"What were the extents of your losses? If it was a basement, in some homes the basement is finished,” FEMA spokesperson Greg Hughes explains. “What are the damages in general terms? Did you lose a water-heater, furnace, those kinds of things? Did you have insurance?"

FEMA estimates seven to ten days before the state decides on assistance requests.

If Governor Quinn approves, the requests will be streamlined for federal consideration.

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