Illinois tornado cost estimates fall below FEMA threshold

Published 12 December 2013

Some federal disaster relief has arrived to central Illinois this week, but Illinois government agencies probably won’t get help. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) begins to provide individual assistance to central Illinois residents affected by the 17 November EF-4 tornado, a growing problem has arisen for the upcoming submission by the state for public assistance, which reimburses municipalities for damages, losses and spending for recovery. The statewide threshold to meet public assistance qualifications is about $17 million. Washington’s preliminary totals for public damage and money spent on recovery, however, amounts only to about $5.8 million.

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