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A flood-prone neighborhood in Bettendorf will soon lose some more of its residents. Last week, the city received a federal grant that will allow it to buy out up to 22 homes near Duck Creek.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Most local governments in the Quad Cities are waiting for checks from FEMA to help pay for flood expenses.

Because Davenport's application is more complicated, employees continue to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to document and apply for Public Assistance.

Michelle O'Neill reports presidential disaster declarations for Illinois and Iowa insure cities and counties will get at least some help paying the bills.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People in Illinois won't get any help from FEMA to recover from this year's record-breaking floods. Unless the federal agency changes its mind after an appeal from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


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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. 

Flood Recovery Help

Jul 1, 2019

Now that the need for immediate help has mostly passed, two agencies are handling most of the assistance for flood victims.

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4421 / FEMA

The Mississippi River may be back within its banks. But FEMA is reminding Iowa residents they only have one week to register for to get federal help with flood recovery.

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As the Mississippi River continues to drop, FEMA has a couple of reminders for flood victims and others.

Some experts from FEMA can help flood victims recover and prepare for future flooding. Two "mitigation specialists" are spending the week at Hayman's Westside Ace Hardware in Davenport to answer questions and give advice.

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Federal officials are encouraging flood victims in Scott and Louisa counties to register for financial assistance. This week, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, have joined the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and state agencies at the Flood Donation and Distribution Center in Davenport. It's located in the old Office Max store near North Park Mall.

WVIK News

As Congress debates how to manage flooding and pay for damages, a federal agency plans to change the way flood insurance rates are calculated. It'll affect how much homeowners pay in premiums. And it may reduce the burden on taxpayers who frequently have to bail out the National Flood Insurance Program.

Michelle O'Neill reports next year,* the program will implement what FEMA officials call, Risk Rating 2.0.

For decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has based flood insurance rates on one factor - whether a home is located in or out of a flood plain. 

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