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Aid to county residents tops $1 million

Nearly $2 million in loans for victims of April flood also OK’d

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn Monday announced a total of $1,155,006 in federal aid to date has been provided to help people in Grundy County affected by severe flooding in April.

This amount is part of more than $73 million in federal aid statewide to help more than 26,000 people and households affected by the flooding.

Jim Lutz, Grundy County Emergency Management Agency director, said that, as of Monday, 183 households in Grundy County have applied for assistance. Registration with Federal Emergency Management Agency for individual assistance has to be done by July 9.

The assistance includes grants to help with disaster-related expenses, such as temporary home rental, home repairs, and replacement of damaged personal items. In addition, nearly $2 million in low-interest loans to people and businesses has been approved to help with recovery.

“These grants and loans are helping people put their lives back together after the devastating April floods,” Quinn said. “This federal aid is critical to the recovery process, and I appreciate the Obama Administration’s efforts to speed needed relief to people affected by the flooding.”

Governor Quinn’s leadership on flood response and recovery efforts helped secure federal assistance for 33 counties affected by flooding. Among them are including Grundy, Kendall, La Salle, Livingston, and Will counties.. 

Quinn also has requested federal assistance to help local governments in more than three dozen counties recover 75 percent of their eligible flood-related expenses.

The state is waiting for a decision on those requests.

Anyone affected by the April floods is encouraged to register for federal assistance. The Federal

Emergency Management Agency has a toll-free telephone number (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing and speech impaired) to apply for assistance.

Registration also can be done online at

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