Time is running out for those looking to apply for disaster assistance

By WEEK Producer

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM CDT

ROANOKE, Ill. -- Time is running out for flood victims to register damage to their property with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and that means some people could lose out on valuable federal dollars.

Representatives from FEMA are working out of a make-shift office at the Woodford County Emergency Management Agency in Roanoke. 
 
Greg Hughes, who lives in Los Angeles, has been here in central Illinois responding to flood damage for over a month.
 
“We went to a total of 33 counties to assess the flood,” said Hughes. “Basements flooding, that was the primary damage.”
 
Hughes says many property owners with flood damage still haven't contacted FEMA. They could be eligible for federal assistance.
 
Flood victims have until July 9 to register their damage with FEMA. That can be done at a Disaster Recovery Center, or by phone or online.
 
The number is 1-800-621-FEMA. The website is disasterassistance.gov. An agent will schedule an inspection of the damaged property that will determine eligibility of assistance.
 
“Those who are not insured and they lost their furnace, water heater and the power box in their basement, FEMA can help with some of the replacement costs,” said Hughes.
 
Business owners affected by flooding also have a place to turn. Low interest loans are available through the Small Business Administration, which also lends to homeowners.
 
“The home loan can go up to as much as $200,000 as well as $40,000 for personal property,” said Beverlyn McDonald. “The for-profit business loan is at 4-percent, which can go up to $2 million.”
 
For more information on those low interest loans contact the Small Business Administration at 1-800-659-2955 or online at SBA.gov.

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