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Cook, 6 area counties eligible for flood aid
RECORD RAIN | President Bush OKs federal disaster assistance

Sunday, October 05, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times

Residents of seven Illinois counties affected by flooding in the wake of Hurricane Ike are now eligible for disaster aid from the federal government.

Gov. Blagojevich on Friday announced that his request to President Bush for federal disaster assistance has been approved.

That means residents in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, La Salle and Will counties who have been affected by the recent flooding can register for temporary housing and grants or loans to help with flood-related losses.

Businesses will also be eligible to apply for low-interest loans, the governor's office said.

The request was submitted in September after heavy rains related to Hurricane Ike caused flood damage to what state and federal damage assessment crews estimated at 3,000 homes.

The storm was so bad, O'Hare Airport got dumped with 6.64 inches of rain in one day -- the most recorded on any calendar day in history.

Blagojevich said federal aid will "help people who have been devastated by these floodwaters . . . begin rebuilding their lives."

"We will begin working immediately with FEMA to ensure flood victims can get needed help as quickly as possible," Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Velasquez said.

Victims can apply for federal relief through FEMA at (800) 621-3362 or (800) 621-3362 (for hearing impaired), or at www.fema.gov.



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