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Flood Recovery Center Opens in Southern Illinois

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CAIRO, IL - APRIL 27:  April 27, 2011 in Cairo, Illinois. Severe storms have caused rivers and streams to rise in parts of southeastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. (Getty/Whitney Curtis)

CAIRO, IL – APRIL 27: April 27, 2011 in Cairo, Illinois. Severe storms have caused rivers and streams to rise in parts of southeastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. (Getty/Whitney Curtis)

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CAIRO, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) -  A disaster recovery center opens Wednesday in Cairo, Illinois.

The state and federal emergency management agencies are opening the center for residents of 21 southern Illinois counties that are officially disaster areas due to last month’s flood.

People who have sustained property damage and applied for benefits can check in, says FEMA spokesperson Sam Ventura.

“It’s a temporary center to help southern Illinoisans who were affected by the flooding,” Ventura says.  “(They) can meet face-to-face with recovery specialists and others to provide any information they need.”

Government officials are making available low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate and personal property.

Those seeking help should apply first, either online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or by phone at 1-800-659-2955,

 

 

 

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