Grants available for those affected by flooding

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Some homeowners are still cleaning up after flooding damaged their homes.

For some, it could be months before they see any financial relief, but the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) is lending a helping hand.

“It got up to about an inch from the bottom of the windows and we just knew it. We had lost everything.”

Chip Carpenter isn’t the only one with a story like this. His house, in Danville, sustained substantial flood damage and is left with very little.

“All of the furniture, all of the appliances, look at all the mold and everything is growing.”

Hundreds of others around the Central Illinois are dealing with the same mess, from Watseka to Danville. Many are trying to figure out how to clean up their homes.

“Every dollar really counts. Right now, we’re trying to live day-by-day and get our next destination set.”

That’s where the IAR comes into play. It’s offering two grants to show support.

“The thousand dollars is there to help out with the rent or the mortgage, the five hundred is more to help out with items.”

Stefanie Pratt serves on the board. She’s seen the damage firsthand and wants to make sure people know help is out there.

“Some of the flooding that I recently saw was in Vermilion County, and I’m from Danville and I saw where they pretty much lost their whole entire home and their belongings.”

The funding was just approved this week. $100,000 is available.

“The forms are going out, the links are going out and the process will begin.”

The forms are available at locations in Champaign and Vermilion counties. Each application will be reviewed before a decision is made.

IEMA and FEMA were out last week, surveying the damage. They spent time in Iroquois, Vermilion and Kankakee counties. The reports will now be assessed.

No word when homeowners could see some financial relief.

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