CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn today added Clark, Crawford, Lawrence and Warren counties to the state disaster declaration, bringing the number of counties with expanded access to state emergency resources to 48.
The declarations also allow the state to formally pursue federal relief and support for impacted counties.
“While water is receding in some areas, other communities must still work to protect homes, businesses and critical infrastructure,” Quinn said. “We are continuing to do everything we can to provide the personnel and resources needed to fight the flooding. We are also working to collect damage information needed to secure federal assistance that will help people rebuild their homes and their lives.”
Since last week, Quinn has surveyed damage on the ground and from the air and met with local officials in some of the hardest hit communities, including Elmhurst, Des Plaines, River Forest, Bellwood, Riverside, Moline, Quincy, Bartonville, North Aurora, Marseilles, Ottawa, North Utica, Morris, Meredosia and Peoria.
Earlier this week the governor announced that Illinois businesses and individuals who file monthly, quarterly or annual returns and have been impacted by the flooding will have until Oct. 31 to file tax returns that were due on or after April 19. The extended deadline provides much-needed relief for individuals and local businesses trying to file their returns or payments on time while recovering from the flood.
Quinn has also announced that personnel from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local emergency management agencies will begin assessing damage to homes and businesses in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties on April 29. The teams will move to other affected counties as floodwaters recede so they are able to accurately assess the damage.
With the four counties added today, the list of declared counties now includes Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford counties.