CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of people in flood-affected areas lined up outside a North Side state assistance agency on Wednesday to apply for food assistance.

The Department of Human Services Family Community Resource Center, 4105 West Chicago Ave., began taking applicants on Monday.

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When word spread that all that was required to qualify for up to $370 per family in state food assistance was proof that you lived in a ZIP code that was affected by flooding, hundreds of people showed up to apply. Single residents could be eligible for up to $200

During the morning, the line wrapped around the block.

A similar line was reported in the Roseland neighborhood, outside the state office at 11203 S. Ellis Ave.

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According to spokesman Tom Green, however, residents must have had damage to home or business, paid disaster-related expenses that were not reimbursed, or prove a loss or reduction of income as a result flooding between April 16 and May 15.

So far, nearly 17,000 people in Cook County have applied for $2.3 million in Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance.

Aida Sanchez, the local office administrator at the state’s North Side office, said individuals began camping out at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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