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Article updated: 5/21/2013 12:52 PM

FEMA assistance available to county residents impacted by recent flooding

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By Dave Hass

DuPage County residents whose homes were damaged as a result of recent storms and flooding can now apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Residents who experienced damage to their home can call the toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585, or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. The application process takes 15-20 minutes and can be conducted in virtually any language. The hotline is staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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Once a case is opened, an inspector will follow up in 5-7 days. FEMA assistance is generally provided in 15-30 days.

Homeowners or renters may be able to get assistance with:

• Personal property loss;

• Utilities;

• Vehicle damages;

• Moving and storage;

• Medical and dental losses related to water damage, such as lost medicine or medical equipment; and

• Supplemental food assistance.

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in DuPage County, at the Lisle Police Department, 5040 Lincoln Avenue. The DRC is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

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