FEMA Denies Southern Illinois Disaster Appeal

Mar 21, 2012

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly tornado and severe storms in southern Illinois.

Quinn says he is disappointed with the decision and doesn't believe ``it reflects the reality and devastation on the ground.'' Hundreds of homes in five southern Illinois counties were damaged or destroyed by the February 29th storms that killed seven people in Harrisburg. But FEMA concluded homeowners' insurance, local charities and state funds could cover those costs.

Quinn appealed to the Department of Homeland Security days after FEMA turned down the aid request. FEMA later gave the state more time to make a better case for the taxpayer assistance.