Towns were evacuated. Homes destroyed. Fields turned to swamps. Rivers reached historic crests.Flooding that hit Illinois this spring was bad enough that President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for certain counties.
Now is the deadline for Illinois residents impacted by flash and river flooding from April 16 to May 5 to get government help with recovery.
Individual assistance - which businesses can also apply for - is available to residents of 35 counties. That's to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.Five additional counties are eligible for public assistance - that's for the state, local governments and certain non-profit groups, who can use the money to help with debris removal and to help repair damaged public facilities.
The application's at disasterassistance.gov.
Applicants can also call 800-621-3362