FEMA Denies Tornado Assistance for Second Time

Published 03/04 2014 06:56PM

Updated 03/04 2014 07:07PM

Tornado in Pekin.
Tornado in Pekin.

For the second time in weeks, FEMA has denied federal tornado assistance to nine Illinois counties, including Tazewell and Woodford to help local governments cover the repairs or replacement of infrastructure caused by the deadly tornadoes last November. Governor Quinn Tuesday night called the decision disappointing because he said it is based on outdated federal rules. FEMA actually denied the state's appeal of FEMA's first denial for assistance. Meantime, Illinois' two U S senators, Kirk and Durbin, who sponsored legislation to change FEMA rules, were also disappointed. In statements released Tuesday night, Durbin said FEMA has gotten it wrong in Illinois not once but twice. Kirk said having seen firsthand the damage done, Kirk says he knows communities like Washington deserve the federal funds, claiming FEMA's methods and formulas for determining aid are clearly broken. Meantime, Governor Quinn will be in Washington Illinois Wednesday at 11am to make an announcement regarding state relief for local governments after FEMA's latest denial.

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