FEMA assesses spring season flood damage

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Heavy rains caused historic flooding earlier this spring along the Rock River throughout the Stateline. Now local Stateline counties, the State of Illinois, and the United States government are taking action to fight against the floods.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), local fire protection districts, and the United States Small Business Association (SBA) are teaming up to form a Joint Preliminary Assessment (PDA) team.

These teams will go through the residential and commercial damaged areas in the Stateline and collect information from residents and business owners that suffered from flood damage. No matter of the extent of the damage, residents and business owners are encouraged to be present when these assessments take place.

Cheria Brown, Media Relations Coordinator for FEMA, says these checks are necessary to see if the state needs the funding from the federal government.

She says, "We're gathering data to see if the state could have enough damage to actually make an official request for federal assistance. The initial assessments will not be inside the home, we will just ask the owner, if they're home, about the damage."

The observations taken from the PDA teams will be used to build a case for the Federal Individual Assistance (IA) Program, which may provide uninsured residents with financial assistance and direct services to those who have necessary expenses and needs for funding to fix damages.

If Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says the state needs extra funding after looking at the PDA teams reports, the IA report will go to the President of the United States for final approval.