McLean County Still Compiling Flood Damage Reports; Relief Unknown – WGLT

The McLean County Emergency Administration Agency (EMA) reviews Greater than 1,000 houses and compan…….


The McLean County Emergency Administration Agency (EMA) reviews Greater than 1,000 houses and companies Inside the county had structural damage in final month’s floods and Greater than 100 properties have been closely damaged or destroyed.

EMA officers sassist Monday It is too quickly to say if The world will qualify for federal assist. EMA appearing director Cathy Beck sassist the county will probably get some federal assist for companies, househouse owners and renters, However It is not clear how a lot that Shall be.

“As a county, We ought to always qualify for small enterprise assist Which might be low-curiosity, prolonged-time period loans for companies and househouse owners,” Beck sassist.

Beck sassist the county doesn’t have a damage evaluation but, noting EMA aid Is predicated on A posh formulation That options house values, employment and completely different knowledge That would change after a storm. She sassist the county is working with Illinois Emergency Administration Agency (IEMA) officers on compiling these reviews, whereas a mutual assist group of volunteers from throughout Illinois And a quantity of completely different neighboring states anticipated to wrap up door-to-door evaluations Monday.

“I’ve talked to Many householders on the telephone. I’ve seen A lot of the reviews. While some people might have solely had two inches of water Inside their basement, some people had six ft of water,” Beck defined.

The county continues to take damage reviews on-line, Regardless of The very Incontrovertible actuality that the county’s July 9 deadline has handed.

Beck sassist Even when FEMA approves funding, aid would solely cowl structural damage — not issues like damaged gear, furnishings, or clothes.

Beck sassist the county Will not meet the $20 million damage threshold to get aid for county property. The basement of the McLean County Regulation and Justice Center and McLean County Animal Administration had some flooding, county officers have sassist.

McLean County issued a disaster declaration in late June and prolonged it final week To permit extra time To evaluate damages. Beck sassist the county plans to submit reviews for state and federal consider later this month.

Resource event

McLean County residents and enterprise house owners who suffered flood damage final month can discover useful assets for state And native assist at a multi-agency useful resource center event this weekend at Bloomington Junior Highschool (BJHS).

Beck sassist the the Purple Cross, Salvation Army, Illinois Division of Insurance coverage and completely different private and public organizations Shall be there, including dozens of enterprisees have been invited.

“Hopefully, people can get The assist they want or get pointed in The biggest course with out having to make 100 telephone calls to solely discover out They do not Appear to be being pointed to The biggest place,” Beck sassist.

The event Shall be at from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday at BJHS.