CHICAGO (WLS) — As Chicago area residents work to recover from recent flooding, local leaders are working to help them.
Members of local and federal damage assessment teams went door-to-door Friday morning in Calumet City, which saw extensive flash flood damage during a September storm that led to Cook County to declare a disaster proclamation.
While a federal disaster proclamation has not yet been issued for the September flooding, ongoing damage assessments will prepare FEMA to help residents with federal funding if a proclamation is made.
The flooding happened last month included relentless rain and flash flooding. It left entire neighborhoods in the south suburbs underwater, and drivers stranded.
Some areas saw more than half a foot of rain in a matter of hours. Calumet City was among the areas hardest hit.
Cook County officials and the federal government previously issued a disaster proclamation for the June and July storm flooding.
Since then, some residents said that any federal money they received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has not been enough.
So they’ve called on city and state leaders to step in and help.
Chicago City Council committee meeting Friday morning will tackle the recent extreme flooding and the city’s plans to help residents still trying to recover. The Chicago City Joint Council Committee meeting on environmental protection and energy focused on areas within the city.
FEMA has extended the application deadline for assistance for victims of the June 29 to July 2 flooding to Oct. 30. The extension applies to Cook County residents.
FEMA assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
Victims can apply at DisasterAssistance.gov, through the FEMA mobile app, by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362, or by visiting a disaster recovery center. Visit FEMA.gov/DRC for more information.
Heavy rain is expected in the area Friday afternoon and evening, ABC7 Chicago meteorologist Tracy Butler said. Saturday and Sunday will also be showery at times.