Help Is On The Way for Flood Victims

Officials say the federal government has approved more money for Illinois residents and local governments affected by storms and flooding. Four more counties are getting money that'll help individuals. They are: Calhoun, Jersey, Rock Island and Whiteside. The additions bring the total Illinois counties eligible for "individual assistance" to 18. That includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs. FEMA also said Thursday that local governments in 15 counties will get money to help with emergency work and repairing damaged facilities. FEMA normally reimburses counties up to 75 percent of their costs for debris removal, emergency services and infrastructure repair. But President Bush this week increased the reimbursement level to 90 percent.

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