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FEMA officials visit Glen Ellyn, Wheaton to assess flood damage

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:59 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – Last week, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toured areas in DuPage County, including Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, to assess damage caused by the storms and subsequent flooding of April 17-18.

FEMA assistance will not be offered unless DuPage County is included in a Presidential Disaster Declaration, according to the DuPage County website. That declaration may include assistance to residents, business owners and/or government entities.

During last week's tours, officials from DuPage County, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and FEMA performed their preliminary assessments based on damage reports submitted by local communities, according to the county website. Officials will meet with municipal leaders this week to review local government expenses related to flood response and recovery.

Preliminary damage assessments are expected to end Friday in DuPage County, according to the county. A decision regarding the issuance of a Presidential Disaster Declaration should be made shortly after that.

In an e-newsletter from the village of Glen Ellyn, officials said the village is continuing to work with DuPage County and FEMA to determine if Glen Ellyn is eligible for disaster-relief funding. The village will keep residents and business owners updated on disaster-relief funding as information is made available, the newsletter reads.

City of Wheaton staff members met with FEMA officials May 2, according to a news release on the city website.

Public Works and Engineering employees provided officials with information regarding the city's storm response and the areas most affected by flooding, as well as resident-submitted reports that documented flood damage.

To keep up-to-date on flood recovery funding, visit DuPage County's Protect DuPage webpage, www.dupageco.org/protectdupage.

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