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Illinois U.S. Reps. urge Trump to support state's request for flooding help

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville

The entire Illinois Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump supporting Gov. JB Pritzker’s request for federal assistance for the state to help 33 counties recover from this year’s severe flooding.

The flooding, which occurred between February and July, contributed to the longest flood event to ever occur in Illinois, according to a news release.

“Many communities experienced power outages, road closures and significant damage to homes and businesses,” the members wrote in the letter to Trump. “More than 1,694 homes and businesses sustained major damage as a result of this serious flooding. The economic impact on the region as a result of businesses and residences being damaged is severe.”

Will County area members were among those who signed onto the letter, including U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs; Bill Foster, D-Naperville; Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville; and Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon.

Pritzker requested Individual Assistance for 22 counties and Public Assistance for 32 counties, according to the governor’s office.

If approved, a federal disaster declaration would help local governments, residents and businesses affected by the historic flood recover by allowing them to apply for grants and loans.

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