Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that President Barack Obama had approved his request for disaster relief after the record-setting rainfall Illinois received in April.
Quinn submitted the request one day ago, asking for assistance for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties, according to a statement from Quinn’s office.
The disaster distinction will allow for residents of the designated counties to apply for grants and loans to pay for flood-related expenses.
“I thank President Obama for his fast and responsive approval of our request for federal assistance to help families across Illinois recover from this devastating flood,” Quinn said in a statement.
Forty-one homes across the 11-county area were destroyed and another 761 suffered major damage, according to Quinn’s office.