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Bolingbrook residents to receive federal relief following disaster declaration

BOLINGBROOK – Federal disaster relief funds will help Bolingbrook residents still reeling from last month's storms.

On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration, extending relief funds to the 11 counties throughout Illinois – including Will and DuPage counties – afflicted by flash floods, storms and extreme winds between April 16 and May 5.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The funds will assist Bolingbrook residents, many of whom reported backed-up sump pumps, flooded basements, dry wall and insulation damage, structural damage, electrical malfunctions, and mold an mildew growth, according to the Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

Locally, about 75 homes and two public works buildings suffered storm-related damage, according to Bolingbrook Public Works Director Lucas Rickelman.

DuPage River flooding forced the evacuation of animals held at the Bolingbrook's Animal Control and Care Facility, and heavy rainfall damaged electrical boxes at the water treatment plant, Rickelman said.

While the water treatment plant is once again fully operational, the community's animal control and care facility remains vacant as a result of ongoing repairs, according to Rickelman and Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa.

The village is seeking $200,000 in state and federal relief to compensate for the damages to its public buildings, Rickelman said.

Bolingbrook and Will county residents began the federal relief application process over the weekend.

Homeowners can apply for financial assistance by visiting disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been conducting damage assessment surveys throughout Illinois and more assistance could be made available in the coming weeks.

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