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Lee County added to disaster declaration list for flooding

Meeting an noon Thursday to help businesses apply for aid

DIXON – Lee County was added to the state’s disaster declaration list that opens areas up for support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and officials will be on hand Thursday to help organizations tap into those resources.

The declaration orders federal assistance be made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from Feb. 24 to July 3, which includes Whiteside and Carroll counties.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a meeting at noon Thursday at the Dixon Public Safety Building, 220 S. Hennepin Ave., to explain the public assistance program requirements and assist organizations with their applications.

Organizations – government agencies, schools, townships, nonprofits, etc – in Lee County that have at least $3,200 of extraordinary uninsured costs as a result of the severe storms and flooding are highly encourage to attend.

People and businesses that sustained damage are not eligible for federal assistance at this time.

Eligible organizations include state and local government agencies, school districts and community college districts, and nonprofit organization such as hospitals and churches.

Applications must be submitted before Nov. 22, and the state is in the process of appealing FEMA for individual assistance for homes and businesses.

The list consists of Adams, Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, Knox, Lee, Madison, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union, and Whiteside counties.

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