5/20/2013 11:31:00 AM Crawford added to flood disaster list
Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the federal government to add 16 Illinois counties to a recent federal disaster declaration for 11 counties hit by widespread flooding in mid-April.
Counties included in the request are Bureau, Crawford, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford.
The federal disaster declaration will help people and businesses in the 16 new counties by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses. According to reports from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, more than 800 flood-damaged homes were found in the counties requested today, including 14 homes that were destroyed and 202 with major damage.
A total of 49 counties so far have been declared state disaster areas after torrential rains caused widespread flash and river flooding. More declarations may follow as damage continues to be assessed.