disaster recovery centers open
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[June 27, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
announced Friday that the state is establishing disaster recovery
centers in Quincy, Monmouth and Lawrenceville to connect flood
victims with state assistance programs that can help them begin the
recovery process. The centers, which will open Friday morning, will
be staffed initially by state personnel, with a representative from
the Federal Emergency Management Agency available to provide
information about registering for federal assistance. The centers
will expand within a few days to include additional representatives
from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration, who will help
flood victims with questions about federal disaster assistance.
"These disaster recovery centers are an extension of the call
center we set up earlier this week that has already helped many
people navigate their way through the many types of assistance
available through the state," Blagojevich said. "People can come in
to a center and meet face-to-face with state agency representatives
about the programs we have to help them through this difficult
The governor said that flood victims in 14 counties received good
news Thursday when the president approved the state's request for
federal disaster assistance for people and businesses who have
suffered losses from floods. The federal declaration will allow
flood victims to apply for temporary housing and grants or loans to
help with flood losses. In addition, businesses will be able to
apply for low-interest loans.
Homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses or
damage should register for federal assistance by calling
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 TTY, or apply online at
www.fema.gov. The phone lines are open 24 hours a day.
Counties approved for federal assistance to people and businesses
are Adams, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar,
Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, Lake, Lawrence, Mercer and Winnebago
The disaster recovery centers will open Friday in the following
Quincy -- Andrew Infirmary, Illinois Veterans Home, 1707 N. 12th
Monmouth -- Monmouth College, Huff Auditorium, 700 E. Broadway
Lawrenceville -- Parkview Junior High School, 1802 Cedar St.
The centers will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a
week until further notice.
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Also Thursday, state and federal teams were in western Illinois
to assess damage to homes and businesses caused by flooding along
the Mississippi River. The information is being gathered so that the
state can determine if other counties should be added to the federal
disaster declaration. The damage assessment teams include staff from
the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and the SBA. Team
members began assessments in Whiteside County on Thursday morning
and will continue in Rock Island, Calhoun and Jersey counties. The
assessments are expected to take several days.
Additional assessment teams are meeting with local government
officials in flood-affected counties in several parts of the state
to document extraordinary expenses for flood response and recovery
efforts that could support a request for federal disaster assistance
for governmental entities.
"The cost of fighting the floods and then dealing with recovery
issues, such as debris cleanup and repair or replacement of public
property, is a heavy burden for many local governments," said IEMA
Director Andrew Velasquez III. "We want to do everything possible to
get a federal disaster declaration so they can get reimbursement for
much of this expense."
The State Flood Recovery Assistance Hotline, 1-866-848-2067 or
1-866-848-2067 TTY, continues to provide flood victims with
information about state assistance programs available. The toll-free
line opened Tuesday and will operate daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
until further notice.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]