SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has formally requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with damage assessments in 30 Illinois counties devastated by extensive river flooding.
The assessments, which will begin on July 29, will provide the documentation necessary to support a request for federal assistance. This joint damage assessment will include personnel from FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Joint damage assessments will take place in the following counties: LaSalle, Carroll, Whiteside, Rock Island, Mercer, Henderson, Knox, Henry, Pike, Morgan, Woodford, Calhoun, Madison, Monroe, Bureau, Hancock, Adams, Peoria, Fulton, Schuyler, Cass, Scott, Tazewell, Greene, Jersey, St. Clair, Randolph, Jackson, Union and Alexander Counties.
“Local damage assessments have identified countless homes, businesses and roads that there were heavily damaged or destroyed during this historic flood,” said Pritzker. “It is clear that the road to recovery will be difficult and that the impact of this disaster will be felt for years to come. This administration will work hand-in-hand with our state and federal partners to ensure Illinois rebuilds stronger and more resilient.”
Officials will be reviewing damage to homes, businesses, roads, levees and other critical infrastructure items.
The process is expected to last several weeks.