SPRINGFIELD,Ill. – Governor Pat Quinn has asked the President to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April.
If the request is approved, residents in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will Counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the historic flooding.
The Governor will continue to request assistance for additional counties devastated by flooding as more damage assessments are completed.
Quinn also plans to seek federal assistance to help local governments recoup 75 percent of their eligible flood-related costs.
IEMA and FEMA currently are meeting with local government officials to document expenses incurred for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of roads, bridges and other public facilities. This information is needed to support a request from the governor.
The process to request public assistance began May 6 when five teams began meeting with local officials, and will continue through the end of May.
The Governor declared a total of 49 counties state disaster areas after torrential rains caused widespread flash and river flooding. Those counties include: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Cook, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.