Homeowners React to Lack of Federal Funds After Stateline Flooding

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STATELINE (WIFR) -- Dozens of Stateline families have spent the last few weeks trying to get their lives back to normal after flood waters swamped their homes, but now those families are on their own since federal assistance was denied for our area.

President Obama announced that federal disaster aid is available for 11 Illinois counties following recent floods, but Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, and Stephenson counties are not on that list. It’s unwelcome news to some neighbors who live along the Rock River.
“It hurts to see just 11 counties out of 49 counties not getting any kind of assistance," says Stacy Goff of Roscoe.

Goff says assistance is something her family desperate needs. 23 News have been keeping up with the family since water flowed into their home on Edgemere Terrace in Roscoe last month. The home is much improved compared to a few weeks ago, but still needs work. Goff says she took out flood insurance but it will still cost $50,000 to fix her home.

“It's a lot of cleanup, a lot of mold trailing up that we need to get cleaned out, There is a lot of damage in our family room where the kids go and play. It was 15 inches in 2010, it was 16 inches this year," Goff says.

Goff says she knew there was a risk to living on the river, and says neighbors who have been living in the area for decades haven't seen flooding this severe. Goff plans to move out of the neighborhood as soon as they are offered a buyout of their home.

Winnebago County may be granted federal help since flood assessments are still being conducted.

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