Flood Recovery

As the City of Oak Forest moves into post-flood recovery, residents and businesspeople are asked to refer to this Web page for information on the flood recovery efforts.

Applying for Assistance
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Illinois and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of April 16 - May 5, 2013. The President's disaster declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, and Will counties.

There are three ways to apply for assistance:
  • Apply online for disaster assistance
  • Apply via a smartphone through FEMA
  • Apply by phone:
    • Call 800-621-3362
    • Call TTY 800-462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities
Before You Apply
Right now, people can register with FEMA via the methods indicated on the FEMA application web page.

This site is applicable for SBA loans also. FEMA will provide additional information as it becomes available, DHSEM will ensure the most current information is provided to our municipal partners in a timely manner.

Reviewing the Damage
Staff from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will meet with City officials at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 3 to review damage assessments submitted to the city by homeowners and businesses. IEMA's Damage Assessment Team will then go out into the community to interview residents and business owners that submitted an initial Flood Damage Survey.

It's not too late to submit a Flood Damage Survey to the city. Residents and business owners that experienced flood related waters in their buildings (including sewer backups/flooding due to failed sump pumps) on April 18 and 19 are urged to complete the Flood Damage Survey online or after 9 a.m. in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 15440 S. Central Avenue.

IEMA staff is also meeting with public works officials to gather information on their storm-related expenses, including those for public safety measures, overtime and repair or replacement of public facilities and infrastructure. This information will be used to support a request by Cook County for federal assistance to help local governments receive reimbursement for many of these cost.

Natural Gas Service
Nicor has provided a Nicor Flood Fact Sheet. Residents who have natural gas meters or appliances under water should not attempt to turn them off. Nicor can be reached at 888-642-6748.