Many families are still trying to sort out their homes and necessary repairs after the devastating floods we experienced in Elmhurst. In Dupage County, more than 9,000 homes and businesses experienced extensive damage from the April floods. The financial burden caused by the floods has already taken a toll. Luckily for Elmhurst residents, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stepped in.

President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Illinois. This declaration entitles residents to apply for FEMA grants and low interest loans in order to help with uninsured damages, temporary housing solutions, home repairs or replacements, and other flood related expenses. If you have made (or in the process of making) insurance claims, you may still apply for FEMA aid. If you are unsure if you are eligible for FEMA assistance, please do not hesitate to contact FEMA directly. There are representatives available who can help you throughout the application process.

In order to receive aid from FEMA, you must apply through FEMA itself. There are three ways to do this. FEMA has a toll free number available from 7AM to 10PM CDT, seven days a week. This number will be in effect until further notice. The toll free number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The disaster assistance website allows you to apply online. The website allows you to get a personalized list of possible assistance. Once you have applied online, you have the option of tracking your application as well. If you prefer to apply or ask questions in person, FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Dupage County. It is located at the Lisle Police Department, at 5040 Lincoln Ave. This center is open from 9AM to 7PM, seven days a week until further notice.

After applying, you can expect a FEMA inspector to contact you within a few days. He or she will arrange a visit to the damaged property. Applicants who qualify for assistance will receive a federal government check or the funds will be deposited directly into their designated bank account. FEMA will send a letter to recipients explaining how they may use the funds.

At The Gracik Makinney Group, we are Elmhurst residents ourselves. We know what a trying time this has been since the floods. We are dedicated to helping Elmhurst remain a great place to live and providing you with the best service possible. Stop by our office at 190 North York Rd here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570.