Financial Assistance Available for Residents Affected by Flooding, FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Lisle Thursday
Wheaton ... DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin urges residents affected by the recent flood to apply for federal assistance to help alleviate expenses incurred in the recovery process from the April storms.
“More than 9,000 DuPage County homes and businesses received extensive damage to their properties from the April flood. In an effort to help relieve some of the financial burden, the federal government is providing grants and low-interest loans to help cover some of the uninsured costs endured by families. I urge residents to apply for these grants and loans as they continue to work with their insurance companies during this recovery process,” said Cronin.
Throughout the past month, DuPage County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has worked with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to collect flood damage reports from residents and businesses. The information was then provided to the federal government, resulting in the presidential declaration. The declaration provides financial assistance to flood victims through grants to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other flood-related expenses. Low interest loans are also available to residents and businesses.
Residents can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for assistance. The toll-free telephone number will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until further notice.
For those who wish to apply for financial assistance in person, residents can visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at the Lisle Police Department, 5040 Lincoln Ave. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. Even though the Lisle Police Department is housing the FEMA center, all questions pertaining to federal disaster assistance or the Disaster Recovery Center should be directed to FEMA at 1-800-621- FEMA (3362).
“We are pleased that FEMA is opening an office in DuPage County to assist our residents with their applications. Residents may find it more convenient to register directly with FEMA via phone or through the www.disasterassistance.gov website, as opposed to traveling to the Disaster Recovery Center in Lisle. They will receive the same kind of assistance from FEMA personnel as they would in person at the Disaster Recovery Center,” said Cronin.
For more information on how to apply for federal funding, visit www.ProtectDuPage.org.