FEMA approves $15.4 million in Ill. flooding aid

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $15.4 million in disaster aid to help Illinois residents and businesses recover from this summer’s flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $15.4 million in disaster aid to help Illinois residents and businesses recover from this summer’s flooding. Federal officials on Wednesday said about 3,300 homeowners and renters from the 18 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance. The money pays for home repair, temporary rental assistance and property loss. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved 153 disaster loans for businesses. That equals about $7.8 million. Flooding in June and July caused widespread damage in parts of Illinois. Some of the hardest hit were Rock Island, Winnebago and Henderson counties. AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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