$45 Million in Federal Disaster Assistance for Illinois

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November 14, 2008
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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Six weeks after a federal disaster declaration due to storms and flooding in September, more than 19,000 individuals and households in Illinois have been approved to receive $45,240,155 in federal 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.

"There were more than 3,500 new registrations over the past week," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner, the official leading the federal response. "FEMA's mission is to deliver assistance to everyone who experienced uninsured losses from these storms.

"At this point, we're concerned that everyone in the designated counties be aware that there is a deadline to register, Dec. 2, which is only three weeks away. After Dec. 2, it will be too late to apply," Turner said.

Counties originally designated for individual assistance are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will.? Woodford County was added on Oct. 31 and Peoria was added on Nov. 13.

Here are details about the assistance provided through Nov. 13:

  • $35,457,087 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.

  • $4,059,875 has been approved for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical expenses, transportation or replacing lost personal property.

  • $5,723,200 has been approved by the SBA in disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses, composed of 165 loans to homeowners and renters and four loans to businesses. 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 37,213 individuals and households have registered for federal disaster assistance.

  • 33,574 properties have been visited by FEMA-contracted inspectors to document storm and flood damage.

  • 19,150 individuals and households have been approved for FEMA housing and other needs assistance.

  • 3,846 people have visited 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.

The following is a county-by-county breakdown of assistance approved for FEMA's individuals and households program as of close of business Thursday, excluding SBA disaster loan data or data for the recently added Peoria County.

CountyHouseholds ApprovedAmount Approved

La Salle 132$752,943
Totals 19,150 $39,516,955

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