Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, on a tour of flood damage across the state, made a brief stop in the Quad-Cities on Friday, pledging help and urging flood victims to document their expenses diligently.
The governor has been traveling across the state to see the effects of heavy rain and flooding. His stop in Moline was one of five he was making Friday.
"Everybody in our state has been affected by this flood, and this is a massive flood," he said at Harold's Landing Park along North Shore Drive in Moline.
With the rising Rock River in the background, Quinn was joined by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and other local officials.
Quinn issued a state disaster declaration for 38 counties in the state Friday, including Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside, Mercer and Carroll counties. The declaration will extend state emergency resources across the state.
Quinn said the state now has a month to prepare a request for federal relief and individuals and businesses need to track and document their costs.
"For them to get relief, we need to have specific information," he said.
The governor also said he had spoken with Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 5 Administrator Andrew Velasquez about the situation.
He noted 1,000 households already have been evacuated in the state.
Quinn's remarks came as Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued a proclamation for five eastern Iowa counties, including Scott County, activating the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 for individuals.
The help is available to people with incomes up to twice the poverty level, or $39,060 for a family of three. Those grants can pay for repairs to homes or cars, temporary housing expenses and replacing clothing and food.
It doesn't appear, at least for now, that Iowa will request a federal disaster declaration.
"Currently, we have not seen evidence that there is enough damage to residential homes in the state to warrant a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which is why we requested the State Individual Assistance program be activated. However, that could always change," Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division spokeswoman Stefanie Bond said in an email Friday.
She noted more rain is predicted for next week.
The Mississippi and Rock rivers are expected to crest Sunday. Quinn said the weekend and afterward will be difficult for many people in the state.
"It'll be a challenging time in the next few days," he said.