Asking for federal $$$
PRINCETON – On Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn asked the federal government to add Bureau and 15 other Illinois counties to a recent federal disaster declaration for 11 counties hit by widespread flooding in mid-April.
“We are continuing to do everything possible to help the families and businesses who are recovering from this historic flood,” Quinn said. “I want to thank President Obama for his fast approval of our first request for federal assistance, and I urge quick federal approval of this request, so people in these counties can access the critical help they need.”
The federal disaster declaration will help people and businesses in Bureau and the other new counties added to the list by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses. According to reports from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), more than 800 flood-damaged homes were found in the counties requested Friday, including 14 homes that were destroyed and 202 with major damage.
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