11:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois

Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier, left, and City Administrator Tim Gleason speak with reporters following the FEMA appeal denial.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

FEMA has denied Illinois’ appeal for public assistance with recovery from the November 17th tornadoes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the town of Washington with a monster clean-up bill:
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4:34 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

FEMA denies public tornado assistance, state to appeal

Residents learn about recovery efforts at a public meeting in Pekin on Tuesday, December 17th.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois federal public assistance for communities hit by last November's tornadoes.  Local and state communities say FEMA dollars would help pay for debris removal and other publicly funded clean-up efforts. The state plans to appeal the decision. Jonathon Monken is the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He says an appeal gives the state and local communities another chance to calculate damage costs:

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