Governor Rauner requests federal assistance for flooding victims

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SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner has requested federal assistance for people, businesses, and governments in more than 20 counties affected by the flooding and severe storms seen by Illinois late last year and early this year.

In a news release from the Governor's Office, Governor Rauner asked President Barack Obama to approve federal assistance for people and businesses in Alexander, Christian, Clinton, Douglas, Iroquois, Jersey, Madison, Randolph, Sangamon, and St. Clair Counties.  Federal assistance was also requested for local governments in Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Cass, Cumberland, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, St. Clair, and Vermilion Counties.

A joint assessment of 10 counties by FEMA, IEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration revealed that 10 homes were destroyed, 131 home sustained major damage, and 543 home sustained less severe damage.

If approved, Governor Rauner's request would allow for people to apply for grants and low-interest SBA loans, and local governments could apply to be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their eligible disaster-related expenses.

Officials say disaster-related expenses and damages totaled more than $15 million, but fell short of the $18.1 million threshold set by FEMA.  Governor Rauner says other factors should also be considered when Illinois' request is reviewed.

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