Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois

Mar 4, 2014
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:

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: