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Heartland flood victims keep eye on Washington gridlock

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

Flood victims in the Heartland may soon become victims of Washington politics. FEMA funding is expected to run dry by the end of the week. Late Monday the Senate introduced a possible solution, but there is still no firm agreement in the federal gridlock.

Still the gridlock has many in southern Illinois watching with some concern, like Metropolis flood victim John Taylor.

Taylor is working on his new home. It's a home he never planned to own, until Mother Nature and FEMA forced him out of this one he'd lived in for some 40 years.

"We were in flood zone A," Taylor said. "The water had been in the house up to 18 inches most places, 32 inches in the family room."

Once the flood waters dried up, a FEMA team visited Taylor's home to survey the damage. Taylor says a few weeks later FEMA and the Small Business Administration helped them buy a new home. But Taylor still owns his old home, which he hopes the government will soon buy.

"I'm paying two loans and one loan it's for a house that's not livable anymore so it will be a hardship," Taylor said.

Taylor is not alone. At city hall in Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says the city faces its toughest budget year yet.

McDaniel says on top of that, they still waiting for FEMA to reimbursement the city about $250,000 in flood costs. He says the city did its part to help the citizens when needed now leaders in Washington need to do there part and remember the little people in the Heartland.

"The Metropolis's, Brookport's and Joppas's because we have limited man power and resources to maintain our quality of life," McDaniel said.

It's his quality of life that Taylor says will be in jeopardy if the FEMA dollars he was promised don't come through.

"You know everybody is tightening their belts, I'm really going to have to tighten my belt so let's hope they get it straighten out," Taylor added.

Taylor says if FEMA had not forced him from his old home they would still be there fixing it up.

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