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IL Municipalities Affected by Record Flood Qualify for FEMA Funding

Herb Trix
Moline Public Works employees operate and monitor flood protection along River Drive (file, April 2019))

Local governments in Illinois can now apply for federal funds to help pay for this year's flood fight. President Donald Trump has granted Governor J. B. Pritzker's request for a federal disaster declaration. It includes 27 counties in Illinois, including the Quad Cities area. So far, federal assistance for individuals is not included. 

Rock Island County Lieutenant, Mindy Meyers, is the Coordinator for the county's Emergency Management Agency. She says representatives from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already visited. They assessed flood damage in Rock Island County, including more than 500 structures. 

Next month, she and other emergency managers will hold a meeting to help officials with their FEMA applications. 

Flood expenses reported to FEMA totalled $4.1 million for all the tax bodies in Rock Island County. The county itself reported damages of about $884,000.

In Henry County, Illinois, 22 municipalities, townships, and other tax-funded districts have reported nearly $2 million in flood damages. 

FEMA has not yet completed its review of the state's request for help paying homeowners' flood damages. 

Iowa counties affected by flooding on the Mississippi River were included in a March, 2019 federal disaster declaration for the state.

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