"We don't have any doubts that this will get approved," said Ron Davis, a hazard mitigation officer for the Illinois EMA.
Also, the employee whose job it was to process FEMA grants switched jobs the first of August, which added to the delay, Davis
said Machesney Park is the furthest along in the buyout grant program in the state.
said roughly 30 communities are seeking funding for similar programs.
Winnebago County's early completion of a hazardous mitigation plan helped put communities like Machesney Park ahead of the curve, Davis
But there's still paperwork to be done, which includes adding detail to a budget item or language in the grant and completing records of environmental considerations in the area, Davis
Homeowners must continue to play the waiting game, which has been frustrating for Nancy
Whalen, who says she
lost everything in the flood.
When the waters rose June 13, 2008, to levels above her
mailbox and flooded homes on her
husband, Jeff, loaded valuables and personal keepsakes into their fishing boat and piloted up the street to their car, which was parked on dry land.