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Kendall County Declared Disaster Area from Flood

Governor Pat Quinn has declared Kendall and surrounding counties as disaster areas due to the flooding, which allows for assistance from IEMA and FEMA.

Due to the flooding experienced on Thursday and Friday from the massive storms that rocked the area, Governor Pat Quinn has declared Kendall and Kane Counties and surrounding counties as disaster areas. 

"The past two days I’ve seen up close the terrible impact the flooding has had across Illinois," Governor Quinn said on his website. “As communities across our state continue to face the challenges of this flood, we will continue doing all we can to ensure people are safe and getting the help they need to get through this."

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Kendall County, along with Will County, DuPage, Cook are some of the 42 counties that have been declared as disaster areas and can now secure relief through Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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This means that residents requesting FEMA funds or assistance should document any damage with photographs and meticulous, time specific notes. After the water recedes, contact your county EMA office, who will assess the damage and then contact IEMA who will contact FEMA.

Kendall County EMA
Director Joseph T. Gillespie
1102 Cornell Lane
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-7500, ext 1148
http://www.co.kendall.il.us/sheriff/ema.htm

Will County EMA
Harold Damron
302 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-8351
www.willcountyema.org

russ harrison April 23, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Julie> there is no such thing as clean water in these situations. One of the FEMA inspection line items is "clean and sanitize",which applies to water in the home. Make sure you take pictures of the situation as well as your debris pile, keep receipts, and itemize lost items and ruined items such as clothing, furniture, etc, even food and freezer/drygoods if your power was out. goto the blog Beware: Storm chasers an FEMA Scams. It has been my experience that many EMA's in our area do not have proper training in determining what types of damages FEMA will qualify for assistance, but I'm reasonably sure this is no brainer and I would be surprised if we have a repeat of a previous event were Kendall County should have been qualified for FEMA IHP assistance and the application was not submitted.
russ harrison April 23, 2013 at 07:32 PM
FROM NBC Chicago.com 4/23/2013 "Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with flood damage assessments in Illinois. Quinn said the state is working to get federal assistance to help Illinois communities recover from last week's flooding. The assessments will start April 29 and provide documentation for Illinois to request federal help. "We have seen some of the worst flooding damage to neighborhoods and homes across our state in Illinois history," Quinn said in a written statement. "The state will continue to take every step to secure assistance from the federal government that will help our communities recover." Other agencies helping with the assessments include the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management offices."
russ harrison April 23, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Patience is a virtue in times of disasters...
Julie Danca April 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Russ, I will contact them. Water heater will be replaced tomorrow...just crossing my fingers that the furnace will be okay. What we have thrown out, so far, is just stuff.
russ harrison April 24, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Julie> You have to wait until a federal disaster area is declared via presidential order to contact FEMA. But if you need bids for repairs, call us. The info is on the blog BEWARE: Storm Chasers and FEMA Scams, along with info on how FEMA works and how to safeguard yourself against getting ripped off.

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