DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Labor Day marks the symbolic end of the summer; yet the work of disaster recovery continues ... Disaster Recovery Centers will be open; operators will be standing by to take your call; and, Community Relations Specialists will continue visiting hard hit neighborhoods.
Two weeks after President Obama’s disaster declaration, $84.6 million in disaster grants has flowed to Illinois residents affected by flooding that occurred from July 22 to Aug. 7. Seven counties were designated for Individual Assistance — Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.
Federal officials stress that the key to getting help is applying right away. Residents and business owners in the designated counties who sustained losses may apply for assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY 800 462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and multilingual assistance is available.
The following is a summary of ongoing disaster assistance as of close of business Sept. 2:
- $84.6 million in grants has been approved for housing and other disaster-related needs, delivered in the form of grants to individuals;
- $732,800 has been approved in low-interest disaster loans by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); 36,441 applications have been distributed and 802 have been returned;
- 50,212 people have applied for FEMA assistance;
- 34,139 damage inspections have been completed;
- 443 inspectors are in the field;
- 53 FEMA Community Relations specialists are in the field canvassing hard-hit neighborhoods to identify unmet disaster needs and work with community leaders in designated counties;
- 4 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open seven days a week in designated counties;
- 1,917 individuals have visited DRCs to date.
Centers are at the following locations:
Stephenson County Highway Administration Building
295 W. Lamm Road (near County Road 12/South Walnut Avenue)
Freeport, IL 61032
Cicero Public Safety Building
5410 W. 34th St.
Cicero, IL 60804
St. Joseph High School
1840 Mayfair Ave.
(West entrance via Oxford Street)
Westchester, IL 60154
Austin Area Disaster Recovery Center
(Former Old Navy building)
4905 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
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