Gov. Pat Quinn said flood victims should carefully document their losses to improve their chances of receiving federal assistance, during a tour of flood damaged areas Friday.
During a stop in Moline, with a swollen Rock River churning behind him, Gov. Quinn said he was putting all the state's resources behind the flood relief effort.
The Mississippi River and the Rock and Green rivers burst their banks after torrential downpours this week, leaving swamped basements and waterlogged fields in their wake.
Rock Island, Mercer and Henry County were among 38 counties declared state disaster areas by Gov. Quinn on Friday. The move is the first step in seeking federal assistance for the flooding, he said.
Illinois now has 30 days to petition for federal relief for individuals and local governments that incur costs because of the flooding, Gov. Quinn said, adding that itwas critical that homeowners document property losses due to flooding.
The documentation could allow homeowners to receive compensation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at a later date.
Gov. Quinn was flanked by local city officials, politicians and representatives of the Red Cross during his stop at Harold's Landing Park in Moline.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the state's response to the flooding and has deployed staff throughout the affected areas to assist local officials.
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.