“It’s not just about well this number is there, this number is not. There’s a lot more to it than that. The second and third order impacts to communities need to be considered when we’re talking about whether a community needs federal assistance.”
FEMA says the state was more than 11-million-dollars short of a threshold to qualify for public assistance. Monken says new damage assessments can better reflect costs incurred by cities like Washington. The Central Illinois town saw more than 1,000 homes damaged in the tornado and lost a significant amount of its property tax base. The state has 30 days to submit an appeal.