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Illinois state, federal agencies assess flood damage

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency went door-to-door checking out the damage left from the New Year Flood.(Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency went door-to-door checking out the damage left from the New Year Flood.(Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS)
This is the second time in five years homes in this area were assessed following a flood. (Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS) This is the second time in five years homes in this area were assessed following a flood. (Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS)
Teams made up of state and federal agencies will determine the extent of the damage from the New Year flood in 10 Illinois counties. (Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS) Teams made up of state and federal agencies will determine the extent of the damage from the New Year flood in 10 Illinois counties. (Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS)
Necessary information will determine how much federal aid families receive. (Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS) Necessary information will determine how much federal aid families receive. (Source: Allison Twaits/KFVS)
ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Help is on the way for flood victims living in Alexander County.

Friday, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency went door-to-door checking out the damage left from the New Year Flood.

It’s a process all too familiar for some families.

This is the second time in five years homes in this area were assessed following a flood.

This time, they wonder if they are going to get the money they need to repair their homes and make them livable again.

Don Waldon has been through this before.

“The water was 15 inches high, just enough to screw everything up,” said Waldon.

In 2011 he replaced drywall and ripped out carpet. Friday, at age 78, he’s doing it again.

“It’s rough,” he said.

And for a second time, IEMA knocked on his door.

Many families in Alexander County are without flood insurance, which could limit their federal aid.

“Because we know there is a lower level of flood insurance, if we can get enough information as possible and figure out if we can apply for a federal disaster declaration that could bring some federal assistance to them,” said Patti Thompson.

IEMA’S Thompson says teams made up of state and federal agencies will determine the extent of the damage from the New Year flood in 10 Illinois counties.

Necessary information will determine how much federal aid families like Waldon receive.

 “I don’t know if I am going to get anything or not,” he said.

Last time, when Waldon had flood insurance, he says he received about half of what it cost to repair his home.

He says it was too expensive.

About 40 homes were damaged by the New Year Flood. There’s no timeline for when that federal aid will come through.

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