Some QC area counties declared state disaster areas

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Several area counties in Iowa and Illinois are among those declared disaster areas because of flooding.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared disaster in Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington counties, making those areas eligible for flood recovery assistance.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level - or a maximum annual income of $39,060 for a family of three.  The grants help cover car repairs, temporary housing costs and replacement of clothing or food damaged by flood.

To find income level limits to qualify for the grants, click here.

Grant application instructions are available online - click here.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declared 38 counties state disaster areas because of flooding.  The governor issued the declaration the day after he toured flooded communities across the state Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Counties included in the governor’s declaration include: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

The declaration makes extra disaster recovery people and resources available in those counties from the state.

State officials are posting information on electronic message boards on highways across Illinois.  State staffers have been deployed to affected areas to help local officials manage flood recovery.  The Illinois National Guard is also coordinating with state emergency managers in case troops are needed to help in flooded communities.

Other state resources are being prepared in case more help is needed in areas impacted by high water.

The American Red Cross also opened shelters in Roanoke, Oglesby and Lisle.

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