Riverside, Brookfield and North Riverside residents whose home suffered damage during Aprils flooding may be eligible for federal disaster relief after President Barack Obama on May 10 declared Cook County and 10 other counties in Illinois disaster areas.
The assistance could come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the form of grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs for both homeowners and business owners who were victims of the flooding.
Following the last major flood event in 2010, FEMA distributed about $2 million in disaster aid to more than 700 residents of Riverside, Brookfield and North Riverside. Grants helped residents pay to replace appliances and other possessions lost in flooded basements.
Individuals and business owners who suffered losses in the flooding can apply for FEMA assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web-enabled device at m.fema.gov.
Applicants with speech or hearing loss who use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Response to applications tends to be very quick. Brookfield resident Michael Towner said Monday that he filled out an online application on Saturday and was contacted by a FEMA official the next day.