Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Governor announces flood recovery assistance

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[June 24, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced on Monday that the state is setting up a toll-free line to provide flood victims with easy access to information and assistance that can help them begin the recovery process. The governor said that the special line will link people with state assistance while the state awaits President Bush's decision on his request for expedited federal disaster assistance. If granted, federal assistance would offer help with temporary housing and grants or loans to help with flood losses.

"People who have been forced from their homes by floodwaters need assistance right now," Blagojevich said. "Many of our state agencies and offices have information and programs that can help flood victims get on the road to recovery. The Flood Recovery Assistance Hotline will give them prompt, easy access to these services. I am pleased that we are providing assistance in a unified manner with other constitutional offices."

The State Flood Recovery Assistance Hotline will open Tuesday morning (today) in Springfield and operate daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. People affected by the flooding can call the center at 1-866-848-2067 (866-214-4479 TTY) for information about available state assistance programs. The call center will be staffed by employees from state agencies that offer recovery guidance or assistance programs, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency; the departments of Central Management Services, Agriculture, Aging, Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Health, and Human Services; and the offices of the attorney general, lieutenant governor and state treasurer.

To date, Blagojevich has declared 24 counties state disaster areas due to flooding: Adams, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, Jasper, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, St. Clair, Whiteside and Winnebago.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]



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