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5/10/2013 6:52:00 AM
Quinn, Kinzinger, Durbin plea for federal aid for La Salle County

NT Staff

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican whose district includes flood-stricken upper Illinois River cities, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) joined the chorus of Illinois legislators urging President Barack Obama to approve Gov. Pat Quinn’s formal request Thursday for federal aid for 11 hard-hit counties including Grundy andLa Salle.

“I am pleased to see that Governor Quinn has formally requested federal aid for the counties hardest hit by recent flooding,” Kinzinger said. “I, along with the rest of the Illinois delegation, stand ready to do all that we can to assist the families and communities that need help getting back on their feet.” 

If the request is approved and Obama listens to the plea from the governor and entire Illinois Congressional delegation, residents in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, La Salle, McHenry and Will counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans.

Durbin scheduled a trip today to Marseilles in support of the governor’s request for issuance of a major disaster declaration for the state and to aid flood-ravaged communities. A staff member from Durbin’s office said the senator would board a boat at Illini State Park to survey the damage, temporary repairs and more-permanent needs at the lock and dam. Durbin also planned to tour the school that was closed because of flood damage and to visit a flooded neighborhood.

“The state ofIllinoishas determined that state and local funds are not adequate to address the damage to public infrastructure and costs related to debris removal and emergency protective measures resulting from this weather event,” wrote the Illinois Delegation Members to the president. “We respectfully request that you make the necessary declaration so that these counties can receive the assistance they need. We thank you in advance for your timely consideration of this important request and stand ready to assist in any way appropriate.”

Thursday’s request is for “Individual Assistance” funding which provides assistance to individuals and businesses to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses. The State of Illinois is currently working on putting together a request for Public Assistance eligibility which would allow the State of Illinois, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations to apply for grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities. 

“We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Governor Quinn announced. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of Illinois can soon receive the federal help they need.” 

Five damage assessment teams with personnel from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local officials have documented damage for more than 3,500 homes since April 29. The governor will continue to request assistance for counties devastated by flooding as damage assessments are completed.

For the 11 counties included in today’s request, the teams identified 41 homes that were destroyed, 761 with major damage and 2,715 homes that also were damaged. In addition, nearly 80 businesses sustained flood damage. If the federal request is approved, affected businesses in those counties will be eligible to apply for low-interest SBA loans.  

Governor Quinn also plans to seek federal assistance to help local governments recoup 75 percent of their eligible flood-related costs. IEMA and FEMA currently are meeting with local government officials to document expenses incurred for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of roads, bridges and other public facilities. This information is needed to support a request from the governor. 

The process to request public assistance began May 6 when five teams began meeting with local officials, and will continue through the end of May. 

Governor Quinn declared a total of 49 counties state disaster areas after torrential rains caused widespread flash and river flooding. His declaration made available a wide variety of state resources to help affected communities respond and recover from flooding. Those counties include: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Cook, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

No! Not entirely. The portion of my taxes that goes for these things, and I have no control over, will be paid as it has in the past and will be again the next time the floods come.
These places collected fed. monies a few years back. some of these places were never completely finished.
My only question is how many times?
It looks like my statement that generated your response has been pulled and so I will ask you again.

Do you think that bullying some one to the point they feel that taking their own life is your job? Perhaps a little compassion is in order. A little help , a kind word, A little of Christ's unconditional love is in order.
I am not as smart as you, I concede that, however, in my limited reading of the so called good book I find very few passages of condemnation. I find a lot of Let those without sin be the first to judge, is that you?
Can you forgive? Can you accept people as they are with todays knowledge or will you continue to condemn with ideas and facts that are thousands of years old. Should we do away with all modern facts and products and go back to the time of Genesis live with those ideas?
How about just the start of this country, that time, bring back slavery, the ladies can't vote and children were in the way, native Americans to be shot on sight.
No cars, telephones, computers TV's . the devils play things.
And while I am at it, if God, as you say created every thing, why did God create the devil, and evil, and all the bad things around?
If everything you say is true, that only what God created can be and God is perfect and only creates perfection, by that logic evil is perfect and I for one reject that premise.
I am not smart enough to explain that or why but I do reject that out of hand.
You, on the other hand, are super smart, have all the facts and answers, and will share them with us.
But the answer to your question is NO I will not pay for those houses out of hand. I would not even if I could. Living in a flood plain is a choice. I was thought to seek look for the high ground and I did.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Talk, talk, talk. Are you going to pay for their new houses?

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

The only help I would give to anyone is a way to move all away from the flood plain.
To re build for these people year after year is insane.
I don't like the way my home looks and ther is a spot down by the river that would be great. Help me get ther, pay my expences and I will vote for you, two or three times.
We have schools closing, kids going with out food, old and young people without med. care and you want to repair homes intime for the next flood.
When is enough, enough.
On the East coast twice in three year was not enough.
I say stop with the bailouts, how say you?

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