IEMA appeals denial of federal funds for tornado damaged cities

By WEEK Producer

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is fighting back against a denial of federal funds for tornado damaged towns.

IEMA announced Thursday that it has appealed FEMA’s denial of the state’s request for federal assistance that would help communities in nine counties, including Tazewell and Woodford, that were damaged by the deadly November 17 tornado outbreak.

“Federal assistance is critical for towns like Washington, Brookport and Gifford to clear debris that threatens public safety and rebuild their communities,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.

The appeal includes more than $21.4 million in disaster-related expenses. If approved, FEMA would reimburse cities for 75-percent of eligible costs such as overtime, debris removal and repair/replacement of damaged public property.