Three months after the storm

By WEEK Reporter

Three months after the storm

February 18, 2014 Updated Feb 18, 2014 at 12:10 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, IL. -- Three months after a series of deadly tornadoes ripped through Illinois, damaged communities are still fighting for federal public assistance.

FEMA denied the state's original request because damage estimates were well below the $17.8 million threshold.

But in an appeal filed last week, by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Governor Pat Quinn, the update total was $21.4 million.

Officials are still waiting on a response.

Meanwhile, in the hard hit community of Washington, recovery is picking up speed. Mayor Gary Manier says there are about 200 construction projects in progress, 58 of which are from the ground up.

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