CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Currently, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is going county by county to asses damages at the hardest hit areas.
Officials said teams are in Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties documenting damage to provide a strong case for assistance to the federal government.
If IEMA gets a Federal Disaster Declaration, all citizens within the approved counties will be able to apply for low interest federal loans or grant programs.
"People have been through so much right now," said IEMA spokesperson, Patti Thompson. "I'm really not trying to raise any false expectations. I just want to let people know that we are out there, and we are working hard to get them the help that they need. We'll take as short of amount of time as possible, but we'll take the time necessary to get the best application possible in."
IEMA will be making their way down the river in the coming weeks assessing more than 40 counties to be eligible for disaster relief.
IEMA officials urge residents to report any flood damage to their local emergency management officials now, in order to speed up the assessment process.
To locate your local EMA office visit http://www.state.il.us/iema