Washington hopeful they will get public assistance

By Beau Ebenezer

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- City leaders in Washington said they're hopeful they'll get public assistance after appealing FEMA's denial last week.

Thursday night, residents packed Five Points to hear the latest on the city's tornado recovery.

Officials answered questions about rebuilding and permitting.

Many residents were relieved to hear Mayor Gary Manier say they are not considering raising taxes.

Manier is hopeful they'll get the federal money.

"You have to remember Harrisburg fell three times. But the fortunate thing after that unfortunate denial was that the state stepped in and made them whole. The governor keeps telling me he is going to take care of Washington Illinois, so we will hold him to it."

The appeal includes $21.4 million in disaster-related expenses, which exceeds the FEMA threshold.

It may take weeks before a decision is made.