Illinois Governor Appealing Decision To Deny State Flood Victims

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SPRINGFIELD---- Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner does not want a federal government's decision to stand on denying flood relief for Illinois residents.

Rauner is appealing the federal government's decision to deny funding to help residents, businesses and local governments pay for damages following winter floods.

Rauner asked for an additional $1.8 million on Friday to help cover the cost of flood damage in December and January in 21 central and southern counties.

 Authorities say there was about $16. 8 million in flood damage. But the federal government's population-based damage threshold is $18.1 million.

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's assistance requests on Feb. 26.

 Rauner says it would be nearly impossible for local communities to recover from flood damage without federal assistance.

 The Rauner administration says if the appeal is successful, local governments could apply to have up to 75 percent of their disaster-related expenses reimbursed.

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