Reps. Duckworth, Schakowsky, Quigley & Senator Durbin Announce Nearly $11.5 Million for Des Plaines Flood Damage Relief and Prevention

SCHAUMBURG–(ENEWSPF)–August 26, 2016. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), along with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) announced $11,447,584 in federal funding to help the city of Des Plaines purchase flood-damaged homes and homes that are prone to flooding. Purchasing these homes may help residents mitigate and prevent future losses.

“I’m pleased that this federal funding is being made available to help provide much-needed relief for middle-class Des Plaines families while making the region more prepared for and resilient to flooding’s devastation, which these families know too well,”said Congresswoman Duckworth.

“The residents of Des Plaines are all too familiar with the devastation caused by floods. This investment by FEMA will help keep residents out of harm’s way and ensure affected homeowners don’t suffer further financial losses,” said Senator Durbin.“‎I will continue working to make sure that Illinois communities have access to federal resources that help protect homes and businesses from flooding and other emergencies.”

“Homes around the Des Plaines River have seen significant flooding four times in the last ten years,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky.“These funds are an important step forward in efforts to help families relocate and reduce the number of homes at flood risk.”

Congressman Quigley said: “The Chicagoland area has witnessed more intense, devastating flooding in the past decade due to climate change and varying weather patterns than ever before. Thankfully, the funding secured by my colleagues and I will help homeowners in Des Plaines avoid future damage and losses caused by flooding and ensure that the community remains strong and vibrant.”

Today’s funding comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Uncommitted Funds Pilot Program, which is contributing 75% of the total $15 million cost of structural acquisition.