Following a spring that brought historic flooding to many parts of the state, an official request has been submitted for federal assistance to aid in recovery for communities still dealing with the aftermath. In all, 33 Illinois counties could be eligible for either public or individual assistance. Counties from the 50th District included in the request are Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Madison, Morgan, Pike and Scott.
Overall, more than $69 million in direct losses resulted from this spring’s flooding including $8.2 million in losses for individuals and $61 million in losses for units of government. More difficult to calculate, are the far-reaching economic ramifications for businesses, individual wages, and tax revenue for local governments.
The federal disaster declaration request follows a state disaster proclamation by Governor J.B. Pritzker in July and an agricultural disaster declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in early August.
For those impacted by flooding, more information about flood recovery can be found at – https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/2019Floods/Pages/default.aspx