Knox County residents may be eligible for flood damage assistance

Knox County Emergency Management Agency received notice late last week that Knox County was added to the State Disaster Proclamation for the recent flooding in Illinois. The agency is formulating an impact assessment for the county which will assist the State of Illinois in building a case for a Federal Disaster Declaration. There has been no Federal Disaster Declaration as yet declared. Public assistance is for things like damage to roads, bridges, and infrastructure. Individual assistance for homeowners and renters can help pay for home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. “So we’re asking people to go online and…our secretary has made up a nice form,” said KCEMA Coordinator and Galesburg Fire Chief Tom Simkins. “You can fill that out; you know, if you’ve had damage in your home… (And it’s) usually essential living spaces. So basements become questionable. If it’s just a family room in the basement – it’s not really essential – so you’re probably not going to get it. You can send it in and get us the information, but up front, we’ll tell you it’s maybe kind of doubtful.” Knox County EMA advises individuals and organizations to document any loss that might have occurred as a result of recent flooding events. Find more information at the City of Galesburg website here.