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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.