Important update on how to qualify for potential disaster relief for flood victims


If you live in Lake or McHenry counties, your county is responsible for reporting residential and commercial property damage to state and federal emergency management agencies. This data will help your county and property owners qualify for state and federal assistance programs. Be sure to indicate if you have flood insurance as this information is critical for state and federal assistance programs.

McHenry County Flood Resources:
To report flood damage in McHenry County, click here to report flood damage or call (815) 334-4560.

More information on resources available to you in McHenry County is available here.

Lake County Flood Resources:
In order to qualify for potential disaster relief that may flow into Lake County, your local emergency management agency is requesting that you fill out an online damage assessment form by TODAY Monday, July 24th: The form is available here.

More information on resources available to you in Lake County is available here.

Additional Resources Provided by the Red Cross and Salvation Army:

Residents needing human services assistance should contact the Red Cross directly at 847-220-7495.

Salvation Army donation hotline, 888-369-1349.
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If you are able to volunteer today, please call the Algonquin Township office at 847-639-2700.


According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, it appears that all locations on the river are cresting at this time. Although there is still uncertainty in the path of the storms forecast for Friday night and Saturday, the current center of the rainfall has shifted further east toward the Fox River from this morning’s forecast. This increases the forecast rainfall estimates to 1.5” – 3” during that time frame.

Thank you to our emergency personnel and volunteers currently helping during this time of crisis and thank you in advance to those of you who are willing to volunteer your time this afternoon.

Sincerely,

Barb Wheeler
State Representative, 64th District
Enclosed are the following FAQs provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency:

1. FAQs for Residents Affected by Flooding
2. FAQs for Governments Affected by Flooding


FAQs for Residents Affected by Flooding:


What does the state disaster proclamation mean for me?
The state disaster proclamation ensures all available state resources are available to help municipal and county officials respond to and recover from the disaster. The proclamation also is necessary for the state to seek federal assistance.

Assistance available to residents at this point includes services from the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other non-profit organizations, including shelters, food and flood clean-up kits. Please contact your county emergency management agency (EMA) to see if other types of assistance are available in your area.

My home was flooded. What should I do now?

  • Contact your county emergency management agency (EMA) to report damage to your home. For a list of county EMAs, visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov.
  • If you have flood insurance, contact your insurance company to report your damage.
  • Even if you don’t have flood insurance, you should still contact your insurance company to ensure all potential assistance has been sought.
  • Take pictures of the damage and make a list of any possessions damaged or destroyed.
  • Keep receipts for costs incurred during the flood, such as receipts for hotels, clean-up, replacement and repair.
  • Be safe when cleaning your home or making repairs.
Speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) says more Illinoisans will be pushed out of the state by a tax increase.
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Lake Villa Craft Beer Festival
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5th Annual St.Paul's-A-Palooza
July 29, 2017
All are welcome to join St. Paul's United Church of Christ for the 5th Annual St.Paul's-A-Palooza on Saturday, July 29, from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. This is a community-wide, free family event, with live rock and roll, country, and inspirational music, and activities for children. Concessions available for purchase will be pork chop sandwiches, hot dogs, corn on the cob, snacks, and beverages. All proceeds benefit local charities, including the Pioneer Center, Salvation Army, Home of the Sparrow, and local families in need. St. Paul's U.C.C. is located at 485 Woodstock Street in Crystal Lake. For information and tickets, please contact 815-459-5096, email info@stpaulsucccl.org, or check out our website at www.stpaulsucccl.org.
Responding to the Illinois House of Representatives action to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of a massive tax hike, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) said the state must change course instead of taking more money from taxpayers.

“We cannot keep doing the same thing in Illinois and expect a different outcome,” said Wheeler. “If our economy had grown at the national average since the year 2000, we would have enough revenue to balance our budget right now. Instead, Speaker Madigan’s leadership has led to a doubling down on failed policies and another tax increase in less than a decade, but this time it’s a permanent tax increase that families and businesses in Illinois simply cannot afford.

“I frankly cannot support a budget and tax hike that does nothing to address our backlog of unpaid bills, fails to provide relief to homeowners and leaves our most vulnerable susceptible to more harm down the road. Only creating a third pension tier does nothing to address our current unfunded pension liability and to suggest it will solve the existing problem alone is disingenuous. We must fundamentally change the way Illinois spends money in order to provide sustainable solutions for the future of the state and to ask taxpayers for more money without doing so is wrong.”