EAST MOLINE -- About half of the people believed affected by the June flood in Watertown have taken the city up on its offer of a recovery package.
A strong storm dumped significant rain on the area on June 30, and the city pumps along the Sugar Creek levee failed, allowing the water to pour into Watertown. Authorities believe 40 to 50 properties were affected.
The city offered a number of aid options for the victims of the flood, including money from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be used for reimbursements for inspections costs, or the repair or replacement of water heaters and furnaces damaged by flood water.
As of Monday, there had been between 17 and 20 requests for the the HUD money options, city administrator Cole O'Donnell said. None of the 40 to 50 potential applicants have attempted so far to use the other options: a couple of loan programs and the Lead Paint Mitigation Grant
East Moline has about $161,000 in HUD funds available.
Qualifying residents can get up to a $100 reimbursement for water heater, furnace and electrical system inspections, according to a city news release. Up to $2,500 of the HUD money is available per resident to repair or replace water heaters and furnaces. Building permits will be required, but the fees will be waived.
There are eligibility requirements for most of the aid. It is based on income, residency or other criteria. Some options require applications or that the work be done by contractors registered through the city.
Packets with full criteria, applications and other details are available from the city by contacting Mr. O'Donnell, at 309-752-1513 or email@example.com. His office is at the East Moline City Hall Annex at 912 16th Ave.
East Moline is also planning to help recovery efforts by reviewing water and sewer bills. Any increase attributable to flood cleanup will be forgiven.
The city is collecting garbage, debris and flood-damaged property in the afflicted areas, according to city staff. Residents must put most items outside for removal. Unacceptable items include appliances, electronics and toxic materials. For more details, call 309-752-1573.
Mr. O'Donnell said Tuesday that he believed all of the affected properties had had electricity restored, but that some may still not have gas.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.