President Obama approves federal flood relief funds for Illinois counties

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President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday that will make federal funds available to Illinois residents in 11 counties hit by last month’s flooding.

Heavy rains led to floods that damaged and destroyed homes and businesses across the state in April. The declaration covers those affected between April 16 and May 5 by the severe storms and winds.

Property owners in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties can begin the application process for federal aid this weekend.

They must first register at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The number for the hearing and speech impaired is 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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Ron Madon, 74, turns on the news Monday in the living room of his home that was flooded by recent heavy rains on Knollwood Road in Fox Lake. “It’s all about Boston,” he lamented, hoping for news about flood crests along the Fox River. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)