Peoria County is looking for federal assistance in flood damages

By Beau Ebenezer

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE Ill -- Emergency management teams began their sweep of Peoria County homes on Friday, to assess damages left by a record flood.

"There is quite a bit of damage," said Peoria County Emergency Management Agency Director, Vicky Turner. "I can't speak what will happen at the federal level. This is a historic flood so we are doing everything that we can to get the data to make sure we have it to get the federal declaration."

Chillicothe resident, Roger Schultz was covered with flood insurance.

However, he did not have content coverage, which caused him to lose hundreds of dollars in furniture and other household items in the flood.

"I lost a lot of stuff. I lost everything on the first floor," said Schultz. "I'm sure I'm not the only one that needs help. I'm sure there's a lot of people in this area that needs help and further down stream."

Peoria County received some help from Christian County in assessing houses throughout the Chillicothe area.

Officials said they are taking a snapshot of areas affected, so they can provide a basic report to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

"It's a matter of the entire state," said Christian County Emergency Manager, Mike Crews. "It's not just our team, but all of the other teams are looking to see if Illinois is going to meet our overall capita number. I believe that number is around $17 million that they have to meet for a federal declaration."

As of Friday afternoon, the emergency management team had assessed more than 30 homes with hundreds still to go by IEMA'a May 7th deadline.

FEMA is expected to be in Peoria County next weekend to further assess these damages.

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