Washington seeking FEMA funds for tornado cleanup

By Denise Jackson

Washington seeking FEMA funds for tornado cleanup

November 23, 2013 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM CDT

WASHINGTON,IL--Saturday's bitterly cold weather did not make clean-up easy for tornado victims.

Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the city plans to seek money from the federal government to assist in the effort. He says paperwork will be filed Monday to try and get parts of Washington declared a federal disaster.

In the meantime residents are responsible for cleanup of their properties. They will have from 8:00 am until 5 Sunday evening to access their properties before debris removal on Monday. Mayor Manier says liabilitiy issues prohibit city crews from going on private property to cleanup.

"As long as we can get family members, friends and volunteers to get everything to the curb, then the insurance will come in and hopefully get to the day when those contractors can get in and start rebuilding," he said.

No one will have access to affected areas on Monday when city crews begin debris removal. It is possible that restriction could continue on Tuesday.

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