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FEMA officials to assess southern Illinois flood damage

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WSIL -- This winter's floods left many people cleaning up debris and damage. Now, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are preparing to conduct damage assessments to determine if federal help is needed. Officials have plans to conduct preliminary damage assessments for homes and businesses in areas that received the most significant flood damage, which locally are Randolph and Alexander counties. Illinois must record $18 million of damage to receive federal funds.

The assessments look at significant damage to homes and businesses, as well as how flood damage has impacted the local community. The assessments are divided into two categories: Public assistance which includes the repair of local government buildings or aid in removing debris, and individual assistance which includes homes and businesses.

FEMA officials will meet with Alexander County leaders Tuesday before heading to Randolph County on Wednesday to record the costs of flood damage.

A damage assessment team will begin documenting damage to homes and businesses in Alexander County Thursday afternoon and Randolph County on Friday. If the assessments prove that damage is beyond the help of local and state agencies, Illinois can request a federal disaster declaration.

Across the river, in Missouri, FEMA has approved $5.2 million in disaster aid.  Some 800 people got the nod for the federal money.

Anyone in 33 affected counties still has time to sign up at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at disasterassistance.gov.

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