Rock Island, IL -- Federal and state disaster assistance to residents of ten Illinois counties who suffered damage or loss as a result of the Mississippi River floods of April and May has passed the $1.2 million mark.
Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) report that 588 individuals, families and business owners have called to apply for assistance in the 30 days since President Bush declared ten Illinois counties a federal disaster area. Disaster Housing grants totaling $506,948 have been approved for 468 applicants. The Individual and Family Grant Program has approved payments to 13 applicants totaling $12,068 to cover damage or loss not covered by other programs.
As of the close of business Thursday, June 7, the number of applicants and total approved Disaster Housing grants by county are as follows:
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To date, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $711,800 in low-interest disaster loans to 29 homeowners, renters, and non-farm businesses of all sizes to help cover the costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid. The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term disaster recovery.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Moline, East Dubuque and Dallas City have closed operations. More than 170 persons who had already applied for disaster assistance were served by the three temporary centers, which answered questions about federal/state assistance programs, the status of their applications, or low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Those who were unable to visit a DRC or still have questions are encouraged to call the Disaster Information HELPLINE . The toll-free Helpline number is 1-800-525-0321. Those with hearing or speech impairment can call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The deadline for applications for disaster assistance is July 9, 2001.
The first step in receiving Individual state and federal assistance made available under the May 9 Presidential declaration is to apply by calling the toll-free FEMA teleregistration number: 1-800-462-9029; (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for speech and hearing impaired. Homeowners, renters and businesses in Adams, Calhoun, Carroll, Hancock, Henderson, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Pike, Rock Isl...