Originally Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 6:03 pm
Last Updated: April 19, 2013, 9:23 pm

Quinn urges flood victims to document their losses

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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, stands in front of the flooded Rock River with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, State Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and other local officials as he gives a press conference in Moline on Friday, April 19, 2013. On Friday Gov. Quinn declared thirty-eight counties as disaster areas due to flooding.

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.








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