SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — After being denied the first time for federal assistance, Gov. JB Pritzker says he has filed an appeal to help survivors of this past spring’s historic floods.
The Pritzker administration has filed an appeal on behalf of Illinois citizens requesting the federal government to reconsider its decision to deny assistance to residents impacted by historic flooding that occurred along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
The state is also seeking the inclusion of Lee County in to the state’s existing public assistance disaster declaration.
My administration is aggressively appealing these decisions because we are committed to pursuing every opportunity to secure the federal funding that will help our communities recover,” Pritzker said in a news release. “We are more than three months removed from this disaster and individuals, businesses and local governments are still feeling its impact. We will leave no stone unturned in our work to ensure our communities get the resources they deserve and we will stand with our partners in every region of the state to ensure all Illinoisans can rebuild.”
Illinois’ original request for individual assistance was submitted shortly after FEMA adopted a new rule that went in to effect after Hurricane Sandy. Illinois’ request is among the first, if not the first, to be evaluated under the new rule which identifies six factors for funding consideration. The state says FEMA must strike a proper balance when evaluating factors.
“Every state in the nation is watching, as the ultimate resolution of Illinois’ request could significantly impact how requests for IA are decided for years to come,” said acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau.