Illinois Disaster Aid Tops $29.3 Million

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Release date: 
October 31, 2008
Release Number: 
1800-024

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Families, individuals and businesses in Illinois affected by mid-September's severe storms and flooding have been approved to receive more than $29.3 million in federal disaster assistance.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced the latest figures today, four weeks after a federal disaster was declared for seven northeastern counties.

Here is a breakdown of the aid:

  • $25,771,187 has been approved for disaster housing assistance to help with temporary housing and home repairs while people rebuild or restore their damaged homes or to help renters whose rental units were damaged.

  • $2,465,310 has been approved for serious disaster-related needs other than housing, such as medical expenses, transportation or replacing lost personal property.

  • $1,018,600 has been approved by the SBA in disaster loans to homeowners and renters. SBA's low-interest disaster loans are the primary form of federal assistance for the long-term recovery of renters, homeowners and businesses of all sizes.

  • More than 28,992 individuals and households have registered for federal disaster assistance.

  • 22,982 properties have been visited by FEMA-contracted inspectors to document storm and flood damage. 213 inspectors are in the field.

  • 12,969 individuals and households have received federal disaster assistance.

  • 3,357 people have visited eight Disaster Recovery Centers to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists, get help with their SBA disaster loan application, check the status of their applications and learn about other programs for which they may be eligible.

  • FEMA community relations specialists have visited more than 4,093 flood-stricken residents, 2,198 businesses, 696 faith-based organizations, 145 community organizations and 534 agencies and are in weekly contact with local officials to provide disaster assistance and recovery information.

The following is a county-by-county breakdown as of close of business Thursday.

County Households Approved Amount Approved

Cook

11,747

$24,588,505

DeKalb

89

    $283,703

DuPage

498

$1,413,639

Grundy

48

   $173,982

Kane

192

  $576,149

La Salle

117

  $686,602

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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