Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with damage assessments in several Illinois counties, including DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Whiteside, and Winnebago.
The assessments will start on April 29 and are necessary to support a request for federal aid. The first counties visited by personnel from FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration, and local emergency management agencies will be Cook, DuPage, and Lake counties. An additional 41 counties have been listed as state disaster areas, including the local ones mentioned above.
Being declared a state disaster area opens those counties up to state resources and starts the process of securing federal aid.
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