Last month, I met with state and county officials to discuss the progress of flood relief efforts in the 43rd District. Representatives from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency have since compiled a complete damage assessment of Will County, including the 43rd District. This damage assessment provided the documentation that was necessary to support a request for federal relief.
On May 10, President Obama officially declared Will and 10 other counties disaster areas due to the severe storms and flooding that occurred between April 16 and May 5. That declaration opens the door for residents to receive federal assistance.
If your home was damaged due to flooding, you may begin the process of applying for disaster relief immediately. If you have flood insurance, please make sure that you have contacted your insurance agent first. Only damages that are not covered by insurance can qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov. More information on qualifications and eligibility for can be found here.
FEMA representatives suggest that anyone seeking additional relief help register online for FEMA assistance. FEMA will then come out to survey the damage and determine if the applicant qualifies. Although FEMA does not duplicate insurance, home and business owners with flood damage may be eligible for grants or low interest loans.
FEMA representatives are available to answer all questions and accept registration information from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at (800) 621-3362.
As always, if you have questions on the disaster relief effort, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to call my office at (815) 207-4445.