Freeport to re-apply for grant as Pecatonica River expected to crest

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- Freeport will re-apply for a federal emergency management grant.

This comes with the Pecatonica River expected to crest this week.

The mitigation grant allows Freeport to buy affected properties and let homeowners relocate. More than 120 Freeport residents have signed up for assistance.

Freeport is still recovering from the ninth-largest flood in its history, which hit the area in March.

"Over the next three years, I think you are going to see a major change in the environment in what the east of the Pecatonica River looks like," says Freeport city manager Lowell Crow. "It'll be returning into wet lands and going into that area."

Freeport has been affected by flooding more than 130 times within the past 100 years.