The Federal Emergency
Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly
tornadoes swept the state in November.
FEMA sent a letter on
Thursday to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency saying that damage after
the storms wasn't severe enough to warrant federal help. The storms left at
least 7 people dead statewide and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the
state will appeal the decision. He says he's "disappointed" in FEMA's
decision, which affects Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell,
Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties.
costs, which totaled
more than $6.1 million, were compiled by a joint damage assessment conducted by
FEMA and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) in early December.
That total is short of the federal threshold for Illinois of $17.8 million, which is based on
the state's population multiplied by $1.35. This calculation hurts the chances
of aid for geographically large states with large urban centers like Illinois.
sent to FEMA, also noted other impacts from the tornadoes, including winter
weather conditions that will delay debris clean up and rebuilding, affected
communities still dealing with costs related to flood events in April 2013 and
April 2011 and public property losses that may not be completely covered by
insurance. The state will make the appeal within 30 days to FEMA.
federal government has previously approved millions of dollars in aid for
residents and businesses.