This spring’s floods and severe weather in Illinois has been officially declared a disaster. The White House announced the declaration Thursday for flooding and storms that hit between February 24th to July 3rd affecting 27 counties. The announcement means federal funding will be available for state and local governments and certain private nonprofits impacted by the storms.

There are steps that local agencies will need to take, because there is a short timeframe to get the information returned the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking that potential Public Assistance Program applicants begin to document their damages and costs. Local governments will have 30 days to submit the proper documentation for funding.

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