Biden approves federal disaster help for parts of Cook County hit in September storm

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday approved a disaster declaration for parts of Cook County hit hard by storms and flooding on Sept. 17 and 18.

The White House said in a statement that the declaration unlocks a federal financial assistance package that includes “grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and entrepreneurs to recover from the crisis. effects of the disaster”.

Who to contact for help

Residents and business owners can learn more and apply at or by calling (800) 621-3362.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the federal assistance will be in addition to county and state aid.

Vehicles cross a flooded viaduct at North Ashland Avenue and West Kinzie Street after a band of rain hit Chicago on September 17. Parts of southern suburban areas saw nine inches of rain, causing flash flooding.

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Cook County “will coordinate with FEMA and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance to affected residents and continue to support municipalities in the hardest-hit south suburban communities on September 17,” Preckwinkle said in a statement.

On November 10, Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, and most of the state’s House delegation, signed a letter supporting Governor J.B. Pritzker’s request for federal aid.

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“On September 17, Cook County was hit by severe storms that produced heavy rainfall totaling nine inches and led to flash flooding. This caused significant property damage, widespread power outages, and limited access to the roadway. The subsequent damage impacted homeowners, businesses and local governments. Therefore, the governor seeks timely federal assistance from FEMA,” they said in their letter.

Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones, who is also a state representative, welcomed the disaster declaration. He said federal officials will set up shop in the suburb’s library to help people apply for assistance.

“You have to understand how devastating the September 17th flood was…. Some residents lost everything in their homes,” Jones said. With Thanksgiving this week, “it’s the best news we could ever get from President Biden and Governor Pritzker.”

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