The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the federal disaster aid application deadline has been extended.
IEMA announced Thursday that the new deadline is Feb. 3. Originally, people affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes were told to register for assistance by Monday. The extension was requested by Gov. Pat Quinn, who says extreme winter weather and a string of federal holidays may have delayed the application process for storm victims.
To date, more than 2,400 applications for disaster aid have been received from people in the 15 federally declared counties. More than $2.3 million in federal grants has been awarded to help people with disaster-related expenses. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $14.2 million in disaster assistance loans to help people and businesses recover.
Meanwhile, state officials have until Feb. 8 to appeal FEMA's denial of assistance for local governments affected by the storm.