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McLean County Tallies Flood Damage Ahead Of Deadline

Flooded basement
Sarah Sciba
A basement flooded with 4 inches of water in the Founders Grove neighborhood of Bloomington.
Updated: July 2, 2021 at 8:06 PM CDT
The deadline for submitting damage reports to assist the county in qualifying for federal aid has been extended to 5 p.m. on July 9. To submit your information related to the recent storms please go to https://tinyurl.com/4kyxyunh

McLean County emergency officials said Thursday that time is already running out to register damage from last weekend's flooding.

Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Kathy Beck said if officials don't manage to document about $20 million in damage or more by 8 p.m. Saturday, the county will not be eligible for federal aid. That's the threshold for state and federal disaster declarations. There's already a county declaration in place.

Beck said teams will visit the most affected areas Friday and Saturday to get property owners and tenants to fill out forms. She said the workers will collect only basic information about the losses and insurance coverage, and the workers will carry ID.

“McLean County officials have a short window of time to collect this information, followed by a series of tight deadlines,” said Beck. “We very much appreciate the collaborative team effort of all involved, including residents, many of whom are still cleaning up from the damage. It’s our goal to do everything we can to assist you.”

Property owners who are not home at the time of the visit will be left an informational flier on how to contact McLean County emergency management, including a link to a damage assessment form that residents can fill out themselves. She said the deadline for that process is the same: 8 p.m. Saturday.

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