FEMA Denies Illinois Governments Aid After Tornadoes
CHICAGO (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November.
STATEMENT FROM FEMA:
"FEMA and the Small Business Administration have provided nearly $11 million in grants and low-interest loans to households affected by the tornadoes for housing and other disaster-related expenses. Federal disaster assistance will continue to flow to all eligible tornado survivors. FEMA encourages those affected by the tornadoes to register with FEMA by Monday, Jan. 27. They can register online or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585."
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PAT QUINN:
“While we appreciate FEMA’s partnership in helping individuals and businesses recover, I’m disappointed in this decision,” Governor Quinn said. “My Administration will immediately work to develop a strong appeal that demonstrates how much this assistance is needed. The state of Illinois will continue doing everything necessary to help our hardest hit communities rebuild and recover from these historic tornadoes.”
STATEMENTS FROM U.S. SENATORS DICK DURBIN (D-IL) AND MARK KIRK (R-IL):
“This was some of the worst storm damage I have ever seen,” said Sen. Durbin. “While the Individual Assistance designation that the counties received just before Christmas will help families and businesses recover, a Public Assistance designation is desperately needed to help local governments rebuild the infrastructure that will make these communities whole again. I am disappointed in today’s decision, but I will support Governor Quinn’s appeal and work with the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation to identify other opportunities for federal assistance.”
“I am incredibly disappointed with FEMA's decision to deny Illinois the necessary funding it needs to rebuild after November's devastating tornadoes,” Sen. Kirk said. “Having seen firsthand the destruction that our state has suffered, and having met countless volunteers and families affected by these 24 tornadoes, those families and the hard working members of our community deserve the opportunity to rebuild and recover from the deadly storms. I fully support Governor Quinn's appeal of this decision.”
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