CHICAGO (AP) – Federal officials have extended the deadline for Illinoisans affected by flooding this summer to apply for disaster assistance.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has pushed the deadline for applications to Nov. 17.

FEMA has approved more than $260 million in disaster assistance for individuals. More than $30 million in loans have been approved for small businesses.

Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties had major flooding from July 22 through Aug. 7.

A federal disaster declaration means the counties are eligible for funds to help residents and municipalities to recover.

Grants can be used for temporary housing and home repair and low-cost loans.

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