Governor Asks for Federal Aid

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Governor Rod Blagojevich wants the federal government to help Rockford and Winnebago County residents whose homes and businesses suffered damage in Labor Day flooding.

The assistance would mean low-interest loans to help people recover from their losses.

To qualify for the funding, an area must have more than 25 homes or businesses that have uninsured losses of at least 40-percent or more of their pre-disaster fair market value.

Blagojevich declared Winnebago County and Rockford a state disaster area late last week.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has estimated that the total damage in the city from the flash flooding could exceed 30 million dollars. He said yesterday that nearly one-thousand homes were affected.