Homeowners and business owners impacted by the July 2017 flooding in McHenry County may be eligible for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline to file an application is now January 12, 2018. Under the SBA assistance program, those in Lake County and the contiguous counties of Cook and McHenry can apply for low-interest, long-term loans.
Gov. Rauner requests FEMA teams for flood damage assessments.
Assessments will start Friday in Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook counties
Thursday, August 17, 2017. Click to read Full Article
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Flood Information Contents
|Damage Assessment||Community Assistance|
|Township/Municipality Contact Info||Mosquitos|
|Floodwater Safety||Scamming Alert|
|Well and Septic Testing||Building Repairs|
|Recorder's Office Document Recovery||Road Closures|
The County is waiting to hear from over 300 homes that were impacted by flooding. If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete a damage assessment report by Saturday, August 5. A damage assessment report can be completed online here. This information will be compiled and provided to FEMA to determine if there is eligibility for federal assistance. You can also call McHenry County Planning and Development at 815-334-4560 to complete the assessment by phone.
Disaster recovery is a multi-step process. If a damage assessment team (County staff, staff from your local jurisdiction, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, volunteer teams from Team Rubicon, American Red Cross or Salvation Army) comes to your door, request proof of the damage assessors' credentials and affiliation. If in doubt, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
Crisis Clean up Hotline: Contact 800-451-1954
Relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for debris removal and home cleanup. This hotline connects people needing help with flood cleanup with reputable and vetted volunteer relief agencies that can assist in debris cleanup.
Clean up kits: Request a cleanup kit by contacting 847-220-7495
The American Red Cross has provided clean up kits to assist affected residents. Kits include a mop, broom, bucket, disinfectant, garbage bags, gloves, sponges and masks.
Proper Sand Bag Disposal
Residents should not use this sand in playgrounds or sandboxes as it may be contaminated by bacteria from the flood waters. Do not dispose of the sand in the flood plain or flood way. Check with your township or municipality for the proper way to dispose of sand bags and for sand bag collection information.
Because specific guidance can differ between townships and municipalities, it is important to follow the guidance applicable to where you live. Contact information for each Township and Municipality can be found here:
Due to the significant rainfall, there will continue to be large numbers of floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes. Although floodwater mosquitoes can be very aggressive daytime biters, they are not significant vectors for human disease such as West Nile Virus. To help protect against skin irritation, residents should wear long sleeves and long pants. The most effective protection comes from repellants containing at least 25% DEET. Find more mosquito information on the Health Department Nuisance Conrol page.
- Given the extended duration of this event, residents who can do so safely are asked to check on the wellbeing of their neighbors.
- Children should not be allowed to play in flood water.
- Additional flooding increases the likelihood of the exposure of power lines, electrical devices, extension cords and power outlets to floodwaters, so residents are advised to exercise extreme caution. If they encounter a downed power line, they should not approach it and should immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1(1-800-334-7661). Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
- Flooded basements pose similar hazards, and customers should call to have their power disconnected prior to entering a flooded basement.
- Floodwater can quickly erode a road surface, creating large holes and depressions.
- Motorists who encounter a road blockage by floodwater are strongly encouraged to turn around and find another route.
- To prevent the spread of disease, people should always wash their hands thoroughly and disinfect food preparation surfaces or containers. Common water-borne illness symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Residents who come into contact with flood water should make sure their tetanus vaccination is current (within the last 10 years) by calling their Doctor. The McHenry County Department of Health also offers tetanus boosters. Residents can check cost and clinic availability at 815-334-4500. If persistent symptoms develop after exposure to flood water, seek immediate medical attention.
- For more information about floodwater safety, please visit www.mchenraware.com and use the links on the left to navigate to the flooding section.
In some areas where the flooding has begun to subside, property owners are beginning to consider the repairs that their homes or businesses need. Often, in times of natural disaster, there is an increase in door-to-door and phone solicitation by potential criminals posing as contractors. McHenry County urges property owners to: avoid giving a payment upfront; work only with well-established, licensed contractors that they have made appointments with; obtain multiple estimates for contracting work; if the value of the work is significant, have an attorney review the contract before signing; begin the repair process after a contract has been signed; and take photographs of all contractors and vehicles they use. For more information, please refer to the Illinois Attorney General's website regarding storm related repair scams at:
For residents whose private well casings have been submerged, drinking water could be contaminated. Use bottled water for drinking until your water has been tested. Septic systems that are underwater will not function properly and must not be used. Not only does using a submerged system further contaminate flood water, it could create an electrical hazard if the system involves a pump or other equipment.
Flood damaged personal items and building materials should be removed from habitable structures as soon as possible to reduce the chance of mold growth. This includes removal of damaged carpeting and drywall, which can proceed without permit approvals. Most repair activities will require building and stormwater management reviews and permits. This includes the replacement of damaged carpeting and drywall. Permits are also required for other repairs, including, but not limited to, structural, electrical, plumbing, and the replacement of damaged heating and cooling equipment and water heaters. Any site grading or modifications to address flood damage or erosion may also require stormwater reviews and permits. These reviews and permits are required to ensure compliance with local and federal regulations Failure to follow these procedures can jeopardize the availability of flood insurance. Permit fees may be waived for property owners repairing flood damaged homes and businesses. Directions and permit applications are available on the Department of Planning and Development website under applications and checklists. For additional information contact the Department of Planning and Development at (815) 334-4560.
McHenry County Recorder's Office is pleased to announce that it will produce single copies of property records at no charge to those residents and businesses located in the areas affected by the recent flood. The program will run through July 31, 2018.
All major roadways are open. Check your local and neighborhood roads.
Volunteers capable of doing manual labor are urgently needed. Volunteer teams are being coordinated by Team Rubicon, a not-for-profit organization that provides disaster response assistance by pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responder agencies.
Additional volunteers will be needed for clean out, muck-out and debris removal after the waters have recede. People interested in offering assistance should visit www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org
For residents and businesses who want to contribute to relief, cleanup and recovery efforts, McHenry County is unable to accept donations at this time. Several not-for-profit agencies – the Salvation Army, Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Team Rubicon, United Way - currently working in affected areas welcome donations. Donors are advised to be cautious when making contributions, verify that the organization is legitimate, and to be wary of door-to-door solicitations or those made over social media and through email.