Local Governments Spent $1 Million Fighting Flooding, Illinois Total Too Low for Federal Reimbursement

Docks under water in McHenry on July 19, 2017.

Local governmental expenditures submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency from McHenry County totaled $1,080,640.62.

According to the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency,

“In the four counties proclaimed a disaster area by Governor Rauner, uninsured damages to public property and other eligible government costs such as debris removal, emergency protective measures, and
repair/replacement of damaged public infrastructure related to the disaster amounted to $10.7 million.

“The State of Illinois threshold for Public Assistance (PA) is $18.3 million (for this one disaster), therefore, no federal public assistance for local, county, and state governments, and certain private, non-profit organizations will be available.”


  • Algonquin Township Road District – $10,626.94
  • McHenry Township Road District –  $114,757.60
  • Nunda Township – $309,440

People took to kayaks in Port Barrington.


  • Algonquin – $174,943.84
  • Algonquin Police Department – $16,096.48
  • Cary – $54,780
  • Crystal Lake – $66,665.62
  • Fox River Grove – $31,724
  • Holiday Hills – $10,000
  • Johnsburg – $58,677.73
  • Lakewood – $62,948
  • Port Barrington – $77,983.45

County Government

  • McHenry County Emergency Management Agency – $26,229
  • McHenry County Department of Transportation – $31,724.

Other Governments

  • Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District – $59,339.37


Local Governments Spent $1 Million Fighting Flooding, Illinois Total Too Low for Federal Reimbursement — 6 Comments

  1. A huge thank you to Andrew Gasser who ‘showed the way’ for citizen involvement in bagging sand to keep flood damage down!

  2. Only hope for Illinois is for it to be swallowed up by surrounding states.

    Nobody will take Cook County however.

  3. VOA must of included the damage to the stuff they built in the 100 year flood plane.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  4. Another consequence of property tax rates which are triple national average:

    property tax rate capitalization suppresses property values.

    low property values in this county (relative to the rest of the universe)make disaster recovery spending lower by virtue of lower cost to replace low-priced waterfront property.

    Illinois may thus never qualify for FEMA funds, so Illinois property owners should strive to never be required to pay into FEMA funding pool.

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