Federal officials say they've approved more than $3.6 million in disaster assistance grants for severe flooding in Illinois last month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the funds Saturday. The money pays for temporary rental housing, home repairs and replacement. It also can be used for businesses, personal property losses, medical, funeral or other disaster-related expenses that insurance doesn't cover. FEMA says 1,916 homeowners and renters from 18 counties declared federal disaster areas have applied for assistance. The agency says local governments in 15 counties will get money to help with emergency work and repair of damaged facilities. FEMA will reimburse counties up to 90 percent of their costs for debris removal, emergency services and infrastructure repair.
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