Rauner asks for federal flood relief for Cook, Kane, Lake, McHenry counties
Gov. Bruce Rauner has requested federal aid for residents of Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties following flooding assessments, according to a press release.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) worked through August to assess the damage and determined that more than 3,200 homes were affected by July storms, with 244 homes severely damaged.
If Rauner’s request is approved by President Donald Trump, assistance would take the form of grants for residential properties, while businesses would be eligible to apply for low-interest loans through the SBA.
"The information gathered during the recent damage assessments illustrates the difficult road many people face as they try to recover from the record and near-record flooding we experienced in July," Rauner said in the release. "Federal assistance would provide the much-needed help many need to repair their homes and replace personal property that was destroyed."