STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
The President today declared a major
disaster exists in the State of
Illinois and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on April 18, 2001, and
The President's action makes Federal
funding available to affected
individuals in a six county area. The counties include Carroll, Hancock,
Henderson, Jo Daviess, Rock Island and Whiteside.
Assistance can include disaster housing, grants, low-cost
loans to cover
uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and
business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Assistance is also available for debris removal (Category A) and
protective measures (Category B) in the counties of Adams, Calhoun,
Carroll, Hancock, Henderson, Mercer, Pike, Rock Island and Whiteside.
Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard
Joe M. Allbaugh, Director of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), named Robert R. Colangelo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for
Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing
in other areas, and
additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.
The Agency said that residents and business owners who sustained
the designated counties may begin applying for assistance tomorrow by
calling 1-800-462-9029, or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and
speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to
6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.