PRINCETON – As area clean-up efforts continue from last week’s heavy rains and flooding, Bureau County communities are seeking information to assess the extent of damage caused to area homes and businesses.
On Wednesday, Bureau County ESDA coordinator Kris Donarski said Bureau County is in the process of assessing the damage to individual homes and businesses which occurred April 17-18 due to the heavy rains. Copies of the damage assessment forms have been sent to all village clerks and city clerks, she said.
All Bureau County citizens are urged to contact their clerk to add their property damage to the preliminary assessment. Citizens not living within municipal limits may contact the clerk of the village or city where their mailing address is located.
“It is vital that everyone who had water damage in their homes and businesses provide this information as quickly as possible so that Bureau County can request to be federally declared (a disaster area) and possibly be eligible to receive individual assistance,” Donarski said.
The deadline for being included in the preliminary damage assessment is Monday. Damage assessment information is also being collected through the Bureau County ESDA Office, located in the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton at 815-875-2077.
One community which has already asked for residents and businesses to help with that damage assessment is the village of Ladd.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Ladd Village Board, Ladd General Superintendent Doug Englehaupt announced there was a form available for residents with damage from the rain. The initial damage assessment form for Ladd residents must be filled out and returned to the Ladd village clerk’s office by noon Monday. The forms will be forwarded to the federal government for a possible financial payment, though no promises could be made, Englehaupt said.
On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn declared 44 counties, including Bureau, as state disaster areas due to last week’s heavy rains and flooding. The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from flooding. The state declaration came after assessments by himself and emergency officials and begins the process of securing federal relief, Quinn said.
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