Will County official urges residents to report flood damage
April 22, 2013 7:48PM
Updated: May 24, 2013 6:34AM
Will County residents still recovering from fighting flooding issues after Thursday’s rainstorm likely aren’t fans of a forecast that called for another inch of rain from Monday night into Tuesday over much of the Midwest.
But they might get a little help when it comes to stemming the flood of cleanup and repair bills.
While Gov. Pat Quinn has declared 44 counties as disaster areas, a federal disaster declaration is needed to bring assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Will County EMA director Harold Damron said.
He urged Will County residents to visit his agency’s website, www.willcountyema.org, to fill out a questionnaire about their homes’ damages. That information, in addition to what local and county building inspectors are reporting, will go into a formula for possible federal relief, he said.
Damron also said residents should go ahead and clean their homes and be sure to “document and photograph everything.”
He expected to have preliminary damage totals by Wednesday.
“We’ll be submitting that to the state,” he said.
Contributing: Cindy Cain,