Illinois compiling flood damage reports

A tractor and cultivator sits at the edge of a flooded field near Highway 57 south of Marblehead, IL., on Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2019. As of today, the flood stage is at 25.13 feet in Quincy.
H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 17, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Damage assessments are being prepared across Illinois to determine if the state qualifies for federal assistance from major flooding this spring and summer.

John Simon, director of the Adams County Emergency Management Agency, said the county is finishing up compiling data to provide to the state this week.

"Primarily most of our assessment data is from a public assistance standpoint," Simon said. "It's for those entities that responded to the flood -- levee districts, the county, the city and so on -- and it's largely focused on a dollar damage assessment."

In order to qualify, the state must have sustained $19 million in damages.

Simon said Adams County didn't see many full-time residences hit by the flood.

"Just based on what's been bought out previously, the number of people that live along there isn't many, but it's not to say there weren't," he said. "Whether or not it qualifies for individual assistance, it has yet to be seen."

County emergency management officers have been asked to submit all damage assessment information to the state by Monday. A formal request for federal assistance must by submitted by Aug. 3, which is 30 days after the last impacted river fell below major flood state.

"Any kind of flood-related damage should be reported to your county emergency management office," said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, acting director for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. "Reporting damage, regardless of whether it is $200 or $20,000, not only helps you and your community, but it has the ability to help other communities across the state.

"Without a complete picture of the damage caused by this flood, Illinois can miss out on invaluable federal funds that can help out state rebuild following this extensive disaster."

IEMA has made available teams to assist with the damage assessment process. Through a partnership with the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association, IEMA can dispatch an incident management team to provide on-scene support during incidents or events that exceed an agency's capacity.

The state has also established a website, illinois.gov/2019floods, that allows residents and business owners to submit an initial damage report online. Once reported on the website, the information is forwarded to the appropriate agency for follow-up reporting.