Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Governor Pat Quinn added Clark, Crawford, Lawrence and Warren counties to the state disaster declaration Thursday. That brought the number of counties with expanded access to state emergency resources to 48. The declarations also allow the state to formally pursue federal relief and support.
While water is receding in some areas, other communities must still work to protect homes, businesses and critical infrastructure,” Quinn said. “We are continuing to do everything we can to provide the personnel and resources needed to fight the flooding. We are also working to collect damage information needed to secure federal assistance that will help people rebuild their homes and their lives.”
Earlier this week, Quinn announced that Illinois businesses and individuals who file monthly, quarterly or annual returns and have been impacted by flooding will have until Oct. 31 to file tax returns that were due on April 19.
The governor has also announced that personnel from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local emergency management agencies will begin assessing damage to homes and businesses in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties on April 29. The teams will move to other affected counties as floodwaters recede.
With the four counties added Thursday, the list of declared counties now includes Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford counties.
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