The “last blast” on Monday at the Thornton Quarry, along I-80, was the first step toward using the big hole to help relieve flooding on the South Side and in the south suburbs.
Grants can be used to help with home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related expenses.
On Friday, thousands of Chicago area residents were lining up at social service centers, waiting for a chance to get help from the state to pay for flood relief from the April and May storms.
President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 11 counties in northeastern Illinois, including the entire Chicago metropolitan area. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says it opens the door for homeowners and businesses to seek disaster assistance.
Disasters like this week’s flooding bring out armies of volunteers to help those in need in the affected areas, doing what they can to bring a measure of comfort to the victims in a time of crisis.
As he toured flood damage in the western and northwestern suburbs, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency, and said residents of northeastern Illinois must be prepared for flooding throughout the state over the next few days.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to know what went wrong with a program designed to help repair flood-damaged homes.
Documents show the Todd Stroger administration threw a zoo party for families affected by flooding. It cost nearly $79,000 in federal grant money meant to restore flood-damaged homes.
The deadline for applying for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Nov. 17, 2010.