Lipinski Urges Federal Aid for Flood Victims
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) is urging area residents and business owners impacted by last weekend’s heavy rains and flooding to provide their municipality with a written description of the damage they suffered in order to help the State of Illinois as it works toward requesting federal assistance for those affected.
Area residents can visit the Congressman’s Congressional Web site at to download a standard damage questionnaire. These should be filled out and provided as soon as possible to the municipality in which the damaged property is located. Collection of damage reports is critical to the State’s ability to successfully request that the President declare a disaster and make federal aid available.
"The Third District includes a number of areas that were hit hard by last weekend’s torrential rains," Congressman Lipinski said. "Many of my constituents suffered extensive damage, which is why I strongly support Governor Quinn’s ongoing effort to conduct the necessary damage assessment so he can make the best possible case to the President for providing federal resources. There’s no doubt in my mind that the flooding we experienced qualifies as a disaster."
Before the Governor can request that the President declare a disaster, a thorough damage assessment must be conducted. Should the President make a disaster declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would then determine what specific types of assistance would be available and which individuals and entities would be eligible for aid.
"I have tremendous sympathy for all those who were impacted by the downpour," Congressman Lipinski said. "The flooding that occurred in some areas was extraordinary. But so too has been the response among those impacted. In addition, dedicated police officers and firefighters, public works crews, and local and state officials have been working around the clock to keep the public safe and repair the damage done. To ensure the recovery effort continues to move forward, we need residents to help make the case for federal support. While the decision to declare a disaster lies solely with the President, I intend to make it clear that I believe aid is needed."
(July 28, 2010)
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