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Federal flood assistance

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 3:06 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 3:12 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — More than 300 Bureau County individuals and households have qualified for federal disaster assistance to help recoup expenses caused by the April flooding.

On Wednesday, Bureau County ESDA coordinator Kris Donarski said 305 county residents and households have qualified for federal assistance as of June 27. However, thanks to an extended application deadline, there is still time for other Bureau County people to apply for federal disaster assistance.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced the deadline to apply for federal flood disaster aid for people affected by the April flooding has been extended from July 9 to July 24.

Donarski said there are still area residents who may not realize they could be eligible for federal assistance to help recoup some of the costs from the April flood damage. Or possibly, some residents did not realize the extent of damage until recently, she said.

In making Tuesday’s extended deadline announcement, Gov. Pat Quinn said more than 1,000 people are still registering for federal aid each day.

“This 15-day extension will ensure that residents who most need federal disaster aid have the opportunity to apply,” Quinn said. “I urge anyone who was affected by flooding between April 16 and may 5 to register now.”

To date, more than 49,300 applications for disaster aid have been approved in Illinois, with more than $122.4 million in grants awarded to help people with flood-related expenses. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $25.4 million in disaster assistance loans.

Locally, Donarski said she did not have a dollar amount awarded for the Bureau County recipients.

As a reminder, the application process is done directly with IEMA, not through her office, Donarski said.

To register with the Federal Emergency Manage Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance, residents may call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Residents who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362. The toll free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Bureau County residents can also register for individual FEMA disaster assistance by going online at wwww.disasterassistance.gov, or by web-enabled phones at m.fema.gov.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, persons should have the following information available when registering for federal disaster assistance: their Social Security number; insurance information; current mailing address; current phone number; address of the damaged property; and a brief description of the damages

Bureau County is one of 35 counties declared eligible for individual federal assistance following the April flooding.

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