Costly Road to Recovery for Tornado Stricken Towns

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WASHINGTON, Illinois - The long road to recovery for tornado-torn Washington, Illinois is proving to be a costly one.

Governor Pat Quinn announced $45 million in state aid would be going to tornado stricken towns like Washington; however, on Sunday, Washington Mayor Gary Manier said he wasn't sure if his city's share of the state aid would be enough.

Governor Quinn announced the funding after FEMA denied the state's request for local government assistance.

About two dozen tornadoes hit central Illinois November 17. The twisters destroyed thousands of homes and buildings and killed eight.

Manier says he thinks the city can come "pretty close" to paying all of its tornado-related bills. He says he's particularly concerned about the lack of property taxes to support the area's schools, parks and libraries.

 

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