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, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.