Lipinski Applauds Federal Disaster Declaration and Release of Aid for Victims of Flood

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) applauded President Obama’s decision to grant Governor Pat Quinn’s request that federal aid be made available to those affected by last month’s flooding. Congressman Lipinski helped lead his colleagues in the Illinois Congressional delegation in urging the President to make a disaster declaration. This declaration makes available much-needed aid for those who suffered damages from the flooding.

"Having toured hard-hit areas, spoken to homeowners, and met with local officials, I know many Third District residents suffered serious damage from last month’s flooding and continue to deal with the aftermath," Congressman Lipinski said. "Federal assistance is clearly necessary, and I am glad President Obama heeded our call to make aid available."

The President’s declaration makes Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Assistance available. Flooding victims will need to apply for aid to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will determine eligibility. Individual Assistance can include temporary housing assistance such as rental assistance and repair assistance for eligible applicants. To contact FEMA, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY (800) 462-7585 for individuals with speech or hearing disabilities. Click here to apply for disaster relief online. 

"The flood waters impacted thousands of Illinois residents and numerous communities, causing sewer backups, damaging basements and first floor living areas, washing away bridges and roadways, and leaving significant debris for removal," the delegation’s letter to President Obama stated. "We appreciate FEMA’s assistance to date and respectfully request that you make the necessary declaration to allow residents and communities in the affected areas to receive the federal disaster assistance essential for a successful recovery."

"Congressman Lipinski has been outstanding in his support for the effort to make sure everyone who was impacted by the flooding receives the assistance they need," Westchester Mayor Sam Pulia said. "He’s been at the forefront of this and was able to open doors for us in Washington and make sure our voice was heard. I look forward to continuing to work with him, Congressman Danny Davis, and other members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to move the recovery effort forward."

"The flooding that occurred in and around my district was some of the worst in recent memory," Congressman Lipinski said. "While those affected have made great strides toward recovery on their own and with the help of local officials, the additional support that is now available will help them to complete the job. My office will continue to help constituents with this next step for receiving aid."

Further information on Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Assistance can be found below. Hazard Mitigation Assistance provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.

Click here to learn more about assistance available to individuals and households.

Click here to learn more about Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

(August 19, 2010)


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