FEMA increases presence in Chicago area after disaster declaration

flood water over double lines on road
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- People with property damage from the flash floods earlier this summer can now get personalized federal assistance in their communities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened four Disaster Recovery Centers for flood victims.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined FEMA at one of the centers, at Morton College in Cicero.

Officials say residents can get help applying for disaster assistance, uploading documents and in making their property more disaster-resistant.

No one was more appreciative than West Side Cook County Commissioner Tara Stamps, 1st District. She said she was devastated by the flood at her home and had to rescue her disabled father.

Here are the locations of the four centers:

Washington Square Mall (Austin North)
Hours: Mon-Sun 7a.m.-7p.m.
4851 West North Ave., Chicago, IL 60639​​

Morton College (Cicero)
Hours: Mon-Sat 7a.m.-7p.m.; Closed Sundays
3801 South Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

Columbus Square Fieldhouse (Austin South)
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays; Labor Day 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
500 South Central Ave., Chicago, IL 60644

Berwyn Grove Ave Parking Garage (Berwyn)
Hours: Mon-Sun 7a.m.-7p.m.
3310 Grove Ave., Berwyn, IL 60402​​

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