President Obama signs Illinois disaster declaration

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday that will make federal funds available to Illinois residents in 11 counties hit by last month’s flooding.

Heavy rains led to floods that damaged and destroyed homes and businesses across the state in April. The declaration covers those affected between April 16 and May 5 by the severe storms and winds.

Property owners in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties can begin the application process for federal aid this weekend.

They must first register at disaster assistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The number for the hearing and speech impaired is 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Other counties could be added to the list as damage continues to be assessed in other areas of the state.

The individuals and business owners are eligible to apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and low-interest loans for uninsured property losses.

By Ellen Jean Hirst Tribune reporter

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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