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Illinois counties hope for disaster declaration

ALTON, Ill. (AP) – Illinois communities affected by flooding more than two months ago are still waiting to hear whether they will receive assistance from the federal government. The Alton Telegraph reports that thousands of Missouri residents who were affected by flooding gained access to federal aid after President Barack Obama declared in January that […]

Illinois counties hope for disaster declaration

ALTON, Ill. (AP) – Illinois communities affected by flooding more than two months ago are still waiting to hear whether they will receive assistance from the federal government.

The Alton Telegraph reports that thousands of Missouri residents who were affected by flooding gained access to federal aid after President Barack Obama declared in January that 33 of the state’s counties were major disaster areas. But Illinois didn’t get the same declaration because it didn’t meet the federal threshold for damage amounts.

Nineteen counties along the Mississippi River calculated $15 million in damages, but it wasn’t enough to meet the federal government’s damage threshold of $18.1 million.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has urged Obama to grant the disaster status to the counties. It could be weeks before the state hears back from the federal government.

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