Governor looks to feds for financial flood relief

Published 05/09 2013 01:35PM

Updated 05/10 2013 10:32AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Thursday, Governor Pat Quinn asked President Obama to declare eleven counties major disaster areas as a result of storms, heavy rainfall and flooding which hit the state last month. If approved residents in the affected counties would be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help rebuild.

More than 3,500 homes have been found damaged since April 29 by member of damage assessment teams. 41 were destroyed, 761 sustained major damage and 2,715 sustained lesser damage. Additionally, 80 businesses sustained flood damage.

Governor Quinn also hopes to get federal assistance to help local governments recover 75% of eligible flood-related costs including emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of roads, bridges and other public facilities. Quinn previously declared 49 counties state disaster areas after widespread flash- and river-flooding from spring storms.

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