Flood victims wade in uncertainty

Rockford City Council is still urging residents to report any damages caused by the Labor Day flooding, to improve the city’s chances of receiving federal aid.

Ald. Nancy Johnson (D-8) urged, “We want to make sure that no one, no matter how much damage, minimal or maximum, falls through the cracks.”

The city is still awaiting a determination from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which surveyed the affected areas following the storms.

“I don’t think that they’d declare some sort of national emergency, but certainly they would recognize the fact that it was catastrophic as far as our little individual area,” Johnson explained. “That’s one of the reasons we have to be real particular about getting as much documented as we can.”

Johnson also announced a fund-raiser to be held next week, since it is unknown if or when FEMA will grant aid.

“This is one of the reasons five aldermen, Sen. [Dave] Syverson and some of the companies involved, stepped up to the plate to say that we understand that there’s an immediate need for rebuilding.” Johnson said. “We, as aldermen, really feel that it’s something we want to give to our neighbors.”

Aldermen Lenny Jacobson (D-6), Dan Conness (D-14), Jeff Holt (D-11) and Frank Beach (R-10) are co-sponsors of the event, along with LaMonica Beverages, Papa John’s Pizza and the Retail Liquor Association. The Salvation Army will disburse all funds raised.

The flood benefit will be Oct. 4 at the Teamsters Hall on 11th Street. Tickets are $5 at the door and are also available at many local restaurants and lounges.

To report flood damage from the Labor Day storms, call the Rockford Human Services Department at 987-5782.

From the Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2006, issue

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