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Rep. Foster Offers Help Following Presidential Signing of Federal Disaster Declaration

May 10, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Bill Foster praised President Obama’s signing of the federal disaster declaration for Illinois.  The declaration covers those affected by April flooding in 11 Illinois counties including all five counties in the 11th District -- Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will.  Following the announcement, Congressman Bill Foster offered help to any 11th District resident, business or community having difficulty applying for federal assistance.

“I am very pleased that President Obama promptly signed the federal disaster declaration, making federal funds available for all those who have been impacted by the recent flooding,” said Foster.  “As families, businesses and local governments compile their full damage assessments and apply for assistance, I and my office will be fully available to help 11th district residents with any difficulties they may have applying for federal assistance.”

Any residents or businesses in the 11th District who have been affected can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

On Thursday, Foster joined all the members of the Illinois delegation in sending a letter to President Obama in support of Governor Quinn’s request for federal assistance.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

Yesterday Foster attended a community meeting chaired by Lisle Mayor Joseph Broda, to get community input on the status of recovery efforts.