Governor Quinn Requests Federal Disaster Aid


Shelbyville -- Governor Pat Quinn today requested federal aid to help local governments in Shelby County recover from major flooding in April. If the request is approved, local governments could receive reimbursement for 75 percent of their eligible flood-related costs, estimated at more than $300,000.


"Flooding in Shelby County severely damaged the Mitchell Creek Bridge, and the cost of replacing it will cripple the road district's budget," Governor Quinn said. "I'm seeking federal aid that will help the district restore this needed bridge while continuing to maintain other critical roads and bridges."


Today's request included documentation of flood-related expenses in Shelby County collected by representatives from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) earlier this week. 

On Thursday, federal aid to help local governments in 24 counties was approved. Counties included in that federal declaration include Adams, Bureau, Clark, Crawford, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McHenry, Mercer, Ogle, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Woodford. 


Governor Quinn also secured federal aid to help people and businesses in 33 counties hit hard by flooding. To date, more than $82.4 million in federal aid has been approved for more than 32,000 people and households in those counties. 


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