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FEMA denies aid for flood victims in Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties

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  • Drone aerial view showing the extent of flooding at the Marriott Lincolnshire. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer's record flooding in the Chicago area.

      Drone aerial view showing the extent of flooding at the Marriott Lincolnshire. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer's record flooding in the Chicago area.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, July 2017

  • Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.comGrand Avenue is closed after flooding in Fox Lake on Monday. The Chain O'Lakes is closed to boats and the downtown area has several streets closed due to high water.

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.comGrand Avenue is closed after flooding in Fox Lake on Monday. The Chain O'Lakes is closed to boats and the downtown area has several streets closed due to high water.

  • Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comLibertyville residents help a neighbor clean up after Wednesday's flooding.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comLibertyville residents help a neighbor clean up after Wednesday's flooding.

  • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comSandbags protect businesses along Old Grand Avenuee in Gurnee Thursday.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comSandbags protect businesses along Old Grand Avenuee in Gurnee Thursday.

  • Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLouis Igyarto and his wife Ruth paddle their canoe on the channel behind their Fox Lake home, where they been living for 25 years. They are adjacent to the water, and although there is a chance of flooding, they enjoy living there.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLouis Igyarto and his wife Ruth paddle their canoe on the channel behind their Fox Lake home, where they been living for 25 years. They are adjacent to the water, and although there is a chance of flooding, they enjoy living there.

  • Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comDaily Herald drone photo shows heavy flooding on Lakeside Lane in Fox Lake.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comDaily Herald drone photo shows heavy flooding on Lakeside Lane in Fox Lake.

 
 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer's record flooding in the Chicago area.

In a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, FEMA administrator Brock Long says the agency determined damage from flooding in Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties was not beyond the state's capability to address. Officials announced the decision Monday.

Rauner asked President Donald Trump for the major disaster declaration on Aug. 31, after torrential rains caused flooding from mid- to late July. State officials reported the floods damaged more than 3,200 residences, including 244 with major damage.

Instead of federal grants, Rauner is now asking for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration for the victims in Cook, Lake and McHenry counties.

To qualify for SBA assistance, at least 25 homes or businesses in a county must suffer major, uninsured losses of 40 percent or more.

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