FEMA DE­NIES AID FOR ILLI­NOIS FLOOD VIC­TIMS

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITYBEAT POLITICS -

The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency has de­cided against help­ing vic­tims of the sum­mer’s record flood­ing in the Chicago area.

In a let­ter to Illi­nois Gov. Bruce Rauner, FEMA ad­min­is­tra­tor Brock Long says the agency de­ter­mined dam­age from flood­ing in Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane coun­ties was not be­yond the state’s ca­pa­bil­ity to ad­dress. Of­fi­cials an­nounced the de­ci­sion Mon­day.

Rauner asked Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for the ma­jor dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion on Aug. 31, af­ter tor­ren­tial rains caused flood­ing from mid- to late July. State of­fi­cials re­ported the floods dam­aged more than 3,200 res­i­dences, in­clud­ing 244 with ma­jor dam­age.

In­stead of fed­eral grants, Rauner is now ask­ing for low- in­ter­est loans from the Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion for the vic­tims in Cook, Lake and McHenry coun­ties.

To qual­ify for SBA as­sis­tance, at least 25 homes or busi­nesses in a county must suf­fer ma­jor, unin­sured losses of 40 per­cent or more.

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Gov. BruceRauner ( left) stands near hun­dreds of sand­bags and the flooded McClure Av­enue in Gurnee on July 14.

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