SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Governor Pat Quinn will appeal FEMA’s decision not to grant aid to Harrisburg and other communities hit hard by the February 29th tornado.
He’s joining forces with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and other lawmakers to ask the federal government to reconsider its denial of disaster aid assistance for five southern Illinois counties.
Seven people were killed in Harrisburg, and dozens of others throughout southern Illinois were injured.
The state’s original submission counted up 426 homes that had been severely damaged, including more than 100 that were completely destroyed.
Quinn’s office says since that request was denied by FEMA last weekend, they’ve learned of more homes that were damaged in the storm but weren’t immediately reported.
They add that they’ll provide socioeconomic information that “will illustrate why recovery will be difficult, if not impossible, for many people without federal assistance”.
There is precedent for getting FEMA’s decision overturned — they relented on a second request by Illinois and provided aid to hundreds of families whose homes were damaged by flooding in Livingston and Iroguois Counties in 2008.