Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1771)

Incident period: June 1, 2008 to July 22, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 24, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 20, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other federal and state agencies will conduct the third meeting of an Interagency Levee Task Force (ILTF) on Oct. 23 at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources building in Springfield, Ill., to include a media opportunity.
October 9, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- The state of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open the fourth Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to serve residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding that began on Sept. 13. 
August 27, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- More than $15.4 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans has been approved so far by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Illinois residents who suffered damages and losses during the severe storms and flooding June 1 through July 22. To date, 3,303 homeowners and renters from the 18 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.
August 26, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The deadline for Illinois residents affected by the June 1 to July 22 severe storms and floods to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed. There may, however, be a few disaster victims who were not able to apply for federal assistance at no fault of their own. If you call FEMA to apply for federal assistance you will be asked to write a letter explaining why you could not register within the 60-day timeframe. The letter must contain the following information:
August 23, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The deadline for Illinois residents affected by the severe storms and flooding from June 1 to June 22 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency is Monday, August 25. In addition, disaster loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration for disaster-related losses of real and personal property need to be completed and postmarked by the August 25.
August 22, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Ill. has been awarded $863,745 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for temporary classrooms and office space as a result of damage caused by the June 1 to July 22 severe storms and flooding. Flood damage to the building was severe enough that it was considered a health and safety risk for the students and faculty and it can not be occupied until extensive repairs are made. FEMA has been working with Martinsville School officials since early August and approved the grant Thursday, August 21.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Illinois, FEMA-1771-DR (PDF 37KB)
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