Learn How to Guard Your Chicago Home From Flooding; Apply for Aid if it Already Has

October 22, 2010

If your home is prone to flooding, there are things you can do as a homeowner to protect it.

The Basement Flooding Avoidance Program was designed to teach homeowners how to minimize damage from future flooding to their Chicagoland real estate, and there are a few upcoming workshops scheduled in the Chicago area.

Chicago floodingMitigation specialists from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be on hand during the workshops to give homeowners ideas on projects they can undertake that will reduce a home’s vulnerability to future flooding.

The recommended projects are mostly easy and cost-effective and could save you a lot of stress and money in the future. If you have experienced significant basement flood damage in the past, this workshop is a don’t-miss.

Upcoming Chicagoland workshops:

Saturday, October 23; 11 a.m.
Broadview Baptist Church
2100 S. 25th Ave., Broadview

Tuesday, October 26; 7 p.m.
and Saturday, October 30; 10 a.m.
Village of Carol Stream
500 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream

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If you are one of the Illinois residents that suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding from July 19 through August 7, you should know that the deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance is approaching.

Some key points:

*Disaster assistance is available to homeowners and renters.

*Relief is available for residents in the seven counties hardest hit by flooding this summer: Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

*Even if you reported storm damage to your local or county officials, you must apply to FEMA to get the federal disaster assistance.

*If your furnace was affected by the flooding, make sure you check that it’s working properly before it gets much colder outside. There may be assistance for cleaning and testing of flood-damaged furnaces in the disaster-declared counties.

The deadline to apply for assistance is November 17. To apply, call (800) 621-FEMA or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.


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