SPRINGFIELD – Local, state and federal damage assessment teams have begun their review of residential and commercial damage and costs incurred from the Great Flood of 2019.
In a process expected to take several weeks, teams on Monday began reviews in the northern portion of Illinois and will move south. The exact dates of reviews in Madison, Calhoun and Jersey counties have not been announced. In all, 22 Illinois counties will be reviewed by the teams.
“We’re closely monitoring progress of the teams each day to see where we stand, with both number of homes with major damage and the impact this disaster has had on communities,” said Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau.
In order to request federal assistance, Gov. J.B. Pritzker — by Sept. 3 — must submit a request letter listing the damage assessment results as well as information about the overall impact of the disaster on affected communities. The information is expected to include the level of insurance, how long people were displaced, the economic effects of road closures, how many people were helped by social service agencies, the impact of power outages and unemployment rates due to the spring flooding.
On July 29, damage assessment teams began reviewing flood-related costs with local and state governments. Madison County has calculated it suffered $24.8 million in damages and costs due to this year’s flooding. Standing water has made it difficult to calculate flood damages and costs in Calhoun and Jersey counties.
State officials also are cautioning residents to be alert for scams during the assessment period. All team members will carry official identification. Residents with questions about the legitimacy of anyone approaching them is advised to ask for proper identification and to protect their personal information.
Damage assessment teams will never offer pre-paid cards or request personal information over the phone, IEMA officials said. Residents are urged to immediately report any fraudulent activity to their local law enforcement.
Updates on the flood operation can be found online at ready.illinois.gov.
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