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Chicago area receives $31 million for April 2013 flooding recovery

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Help is coming in the form of federal funds to Chicago area residents who are still recovering from last year's record flooding.

Last April, extreme weather caused severe flooding and forced hundreds of families to leave their homes.

"These storms were so severe that many communities in and around Chicago have still not fully recovered from the devastation. This federal disaster aid is welcome news for Illinois families and communities that are still working to repair the damage and continue rebuilding their lives," Senator Dick Durbin said.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $31 million to be divided among the city of Chicago, Cook County and DuPage County.

The funding was made available through the FY2013 Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, passed by Congress last year. It will fund restoration of infrastructure and housing and economic revitalization to impacted areas.

"Families throughout Illinois are still recovering from last year's record floods even as more rain continues to fall," Governor Quinn said. "This critical funding will help many throughout the Chicago area get back on their feet and rebuild. I thank President Obama, Senator Durbin and members of the Congressional delegation for coming together to secure this vital assistance for families who need it."

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