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Deadline to apply for flood aid extended again

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 9:03 a.m. CDT

Those who had property affected by the April 18 flood and have not yet applied for federal assistance, now have 15 more days to do so.

Since Grundy was one of the counties declared a major disaster, its residents are eligible for grants and low-interest federal loans to help them recover.

The deadline was extended until Aug. 8 from a previous extension to July 24 due to the amount of registrations for the assistance the Federal Emergency Management Area is receiving, said Jim Lutz, director of the Grundy Emergency Management Agency. This is the final extension that will be granted.

According to statistics Lutz has received on Grundy County, FEMA has received about 238 applications from the area; 218 have been referred to the Individual and Households Program (IHP) and 162 of those have been eligible. About $1,413,624.18 in assistance has been approved through the IHP.

There are applications pending for the Public Assistance Program from Greenfield Township Road District, GrundyEmergency Management Agency, Grundy County Highway Department, Minooka Fire Protection District, Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, and the Wauponsee Township Road and Bridge District. 

Those affected by the flood could be eligible for financial assistance and need to register with FEMA. Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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