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Town halls for Illinois flood victims will offer information, resources

FEMA has extended its deadline to Dec. 22 for those affected by St. Clair County flooding to apply for assistance.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Help and information is available starting Tuesday night for Metro East residents who were affected by July’s flash-flooding.

St. Clair County and Illinois Emergency Management officials are holding two townhalls to explain the flooding disaster assistance available and answer questions from residents.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended its deadline for Illinoisans to apply for assistance to Dec. 22.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening at Caseyville Village Hall, located at 909 South Main St. The second is Thursday night at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5803 Belmont Ave.

Both town hall meetings are schedule to take place from 6-8:00 p.m.

Illinois and St. Clair County emergency management officials said they want flood survivors to take advantage of every bit of assistance available. 

They're are encouraged to pursue Small Business Administration loans first because if the loan application is denied, other funding opportunities are available with FEMA.

RELATED: FEMA distributes $5.5M to Metro East residents impacted by July flooding

So far, emergency officials said more than $18 million has been approved for survivors, which includes assistance with flood insurance. 

Illinois FEMA officials said these town hall meetings give them a unique opportunity to dive into local challenges, assess all options and share solutions for the survivors involved.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the storms.

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