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Flood damage checks starting in central Ill. town

CHILLICOTHE (AP) — Peoria County officials will start assessing the more than 400 homes in Chillicothe that were damaged by last month's flooding.

Peoria County Emergency Management Agency Director Vicky Turner said Thursday that those assessments could start as soon as Friday. It's been more than a week since the Illinois River crested in the town. Chillicothe is about 15 miles north of Peoria.

Turner told the Journal Star in Peoria (http://bit.ly/YhUPLP ) that teams of people will go door to door.

Turner said cumulative damage in the county would have to top $609,000 to qualify for state aid. Damage across the state will have to be more than $17 million to get federal help.

Some of the affected homes had only debris or standing water in yards. Other problems were more serious.

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