FEMA Denies Appeal For Disaster Aid For Tornado Victims

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation say they’re disappointed the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state’s appeal for disaster assistance.

The state applied for the aid after seven people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged after tornadoes swept through Harrisburg on Feb. 29. FEMA originally denied the state’s request but allowed an appeal. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that the appeal was denied.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Congressmen John Shimkus and Jerry Costello say the communities in Southern Illinois that were denied funding are eligible for other types of federal disaster assistance.

Durbin says there is “no doubt” the storm victims need disaster aid. Durbin says FEMA’s denial “defies logic.”

Affected areas include Gallatin, Randolph, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports

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  • G-Lep

    Gee, I thought D!ck Turban was supposed to get this all straightened out…

  • Sickened

    Durbin always crawls out from under his rock during a tradegy. The media always gives him some free time. He never actually does anything so maybe the media should stop giving him air time and wait til he actually does something good. Somehow today he became an expert on the Republican primary. Give us a break already!!!

    It’s not rocket science why FEMA won’t help this area. It’s a Republican area and FEMA is controlled by Democrats. They’re trying to send a power message. You don’t vote Democratic and don’t donate to Democrats, no bene’s for you!! Enjoy your suffering.

    Look what Democrats did when Clinton first got in. Started FBI investigations on every Republican on a list. Then tried to split up Microsoft for contributing to Republicans instead of Democrats.

    • Jack

      Really? That’s quite the conspiracy theory you have there!!

  • James

    Bring in the justice department. Is it because there are not enough blacks and browns down there?

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/03/29/state-aid-coming-to-tornado-ravaged-downstate-communities/ State Aid Coming To Tornado-Ravaged Downstate Communities « CBS Chicago

    […] FEMA denied assistance as it felt a state declaration, coupled with charitable donations and private insurance, would suffice. They denied assistance a second time when Quinn field an appeal. […]

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