Durbin Confident FEMA Will Grant Relief For Tornado Damage

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said Wednesday he’s confident that federal officials will reverse their denial of federal disaster relief funds to five tornado-ravaged counties in southern Illinois.

Durbin said that Federal Emergency Management Agency director Craig Fugate is allowing Illinois to revise its disaster application after last month’s tornados.

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FEMA had ruled that money from insurance, charities and state emergency aid could cover costs from the storm that killed seven people in Harrisburg.

A successful appeal could mean millions of dollars in federal aid for towns like Harrisburg and Ridgeway.

The senator spoke with Fugate and several Illinois lawmakers by phone on Wednesday and later said, “I’m confident when the revised appeal is complete, residents and businesses will have the assistance they need to recover and rebuild.”

Durbin said state and federal officials arrived on the scene just five days after the tornado hit, and before assessment teams had time to fully record the damage.

  • German Leprechaun

    Well, thank you D!ck Turban!! He always steps up just at the right moment, doesn’t he.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      What a worthless liberal pr! ck he is!!!!!

      • German Leprechaun

        No kidding. Hey, will you be my lawn ornament? The neighbors would love it!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        I was going to ask you to be my lawn jockey!!! LOL !!!!! Maybe we can compromise – NWApe can be your lawn jockey, and I’ll take blue-gum-baby Lyndia. She can also double as my scary-b!t ch -crow !!!!!

  • Sickened

    Durbin always crawls out from under his rock when there’s some type of tradjegy he can get on TV for.

    The reason FEMA denied helping that area of IL is they checked the voting records and noticed it was mainly Republican. Just like when Microsoft supported presidential candidates against Clinton, Clinton had Janet Reno try to split up Microsoft. Didn’t happen but the stock price dropped 2/3 and has never recovered.

  • tom sharp

    Maybe if Durbin works half as hard for people who need and deserve help something good will happen; not like he did for the crooks and losers at Acorn. Term limits of one!!

  • Kerry Phillips

    FEMA has refused aid to Southern Illinois tornado victims. These are the farm towns and farmers that feed the USA and the world. Perhaps FEMA wants us to import more of the wonderful foods from Mexico? Why don’t we just import our food from China? Don’t you want to eat USA grown food? Then please support the farm towns and farmers that grow it! Let FEMA know by signing this petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/rural-america-ignored-by-fema-these-are-the-farmers-that-feed-you

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