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Downers Grove

Federal funds available to Downers Grove residents affected by April's flood

Bill Ackerman – backerman@shawmedia.com
A canoe is one of the few practical ways to cross 2nd Street in Downers Grove, east of Florence Avenue. Area streets, parks and yards are under water on Thursday, April 18, 2013, following torrential rains.
Bill Ackerman – backerman@shawmedia.com A canoe is one of the few practical ways to cross 2nd Street in Downers Grove, east of Florence Avenue. Area streets, parks and yards are under water on Thursday, April 18, 2013, following torrential rains.

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove residents affected by the April 18 flood can apply for federal funds to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance became available under President Barack Obama's recent disaster declaration for DuPage and 10 other counties.

Residents can begin the relief application process Saturday.

To apply, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit: www.disasterassistance.gov

FEMA has been conducting damage assessment surveys throughout Illinois and more assistance could be made available in the coming weeks.

President Obama's decision comes on the heels of weeks of lobbying from Gov. Pat Quinn and several state representatives.

In a May 9 letter addressed to Obama, state representatives expressed that local funds are not an adequate means of addressing the damaged homes and public infrastructure.

"It is clear from the magnitude of the damage that recovery efforts will be beyond means of state and local budgets," the letter said. "A major disaster declaration will make critical federal assistance available to help our communities to rebuild and recover."

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