MAIN STREET CLOSED, IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, BETWEEN UNIVERSITY AND ELMWOOD
Hope For FEMA Appeal
City and County leaders across Central Illinois are dotting their i's and crossing their t's as they prepare to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny assistance to local governments.
FEMA denied the request based on the fact that the original statewide damage estimate from the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak was $6.2 million. In order to qualify for federal assistance, that number needed to be $17.8 million.
"Those are numbers that were captured in the first couple of days in December. They don't accurately tell the story," said Washington City Manager Tim Gleason.
He says new numbers suggest that Tazewell County alone sustained up to $23 million in damage.
"I've already sent an email out to all the affected communities saying, 'Okay, we've been tracking this, we knew it could happen. So let's sharpen our pencils and see what an accurate number is,'" Gleason said.
The state has 30 days to appeal FEMA's decision, which was announced Thursday. It is expected that the appeal will be submitted in about two weeks.