Governor Quinn announces Federal Disaster relief for 11 counties

By Mark Bullion

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Governor Pat Quinn has announced the approval of Federal flood relief for 11 counties including LaSalle and Fulton Counties in Central Illinois. Now what options do residents have in those counties?

State and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were out Friday near Chillicothe surveying flood damage to get a better idea of just how bad the flood was.

Damage was and continues to be assessed by four categories: affected, minor, major, and destroyed. And it's those classifications that have been determined by the President that have now opened up the gates for Federal assistance.

"One of them has to do with the grant program and that is a grant from the Federal Government that does not need to be repaid. The maximum allowable grant under the Individual Assistance Program is 31,900 dollars," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.

Or there's a different form of assistance.

"Low interest disaster loans are available for people affected by this and there are some state programs as well available through the Treasurer's office," added Monken.

And then there's the buyout option, and this option is jointly done between the local and federal government through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

"75 percent is paid by the Federal Government, 25 percent is paid by local (governments), it needs to be a non-federal share, so it can be either local or state funds to do that," said Monken.

Federal Officials stress these programs will only be available if the county you live in is declared a Federal Disaster area.

Officials say damage assessments are continuing to be done over the next couple of weeks from areas around Chillicothe south through Peoria Heights, Peoria, and areas near Kickapoo Creek including the town of Edwards.

If you live in Fulton or LaSalle County and want more information on applying for assistance, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA or visit www.disasterassistance.gov

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