FEMA denies IL's appeal for flood assistance - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

FEMA denies IL's appeal for flood assistance

(Source: AP Images) (Source: AP Images)
ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

On Friday, April 22, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state of Illinois' appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in several counties recover from severe flooding and storms in late December and early January.

The state submitted an appeal of FEMA's earlier denial of assistance on April 8.

The appeal outlined nearly $16.8 million in local government costs and spelled out additional factors that justify Illinois' request for federal assistance in Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Cass, Clark, Cumberland, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, St. Clair and Vermilion Counties.

"The process is supposed to take into account a multitude of factors, but this denial demonstrates that only the numbers really matter," said James K. Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. "States with high populations concentrated in urban areas, such as we have in northeastern Illinois, often struggle to reach their thresholds, particularly when the impacts are in rural, sparsely populated areas of the state. Once again our poorest communities continue to suffer because of this unfair process."

Illinois' thresholds for federal public assistance is $18.1 million, which is based on the state's population of $12.8 million multiplied by $1.41.

Joseph said severe localized impacts should have been considered, such as Alexander County where local government expenses totaled more than $4 million. That equates to more than $486 for every person living in the county.

Under federal rules, the state cannot submit another appeal for federal assistance.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Mt. Vernon releases online utility bill payment system

    Mt. Vernon releases online utility bill payment system

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 2:08 PM EDT2018-06-19 18:08:29 GMT
    The City of Mt. Vernon has created a new website page that will allow customers to view and pay their utility bill. (Source: Raycom Media)The City of Mt. Vernon has created a new website page that will allow customers to view and pay their utility bill. (Source: Raycom Media)
    The City of Mt. Vernon has created a new website page that will allow customers to view and pay their utility bill. (Source: Raycom Media)The City of Mt. Vernon has created a new website page that will allow customers to view and pay their utility bill. (Source: Raycom Media)

    The City of Mt. Vernon has created a new website page that will allow customers to view and pay their utility bill.

    The City of Mt. Vernon has created a new website page that will allow customers to view and pay their utility bill.

  • First Alert: Warm, calm start to the day

    First Alert: Warm, calm start to the day

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:58 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:58:49 GMT
    Head to the pool to beat the heat (Source: AP Images)Head to the pool to beat the heat (Source: AP Images)
    Head to the pool to beat the heat (Source: AP Images)Head to the pool to beat the heat (Source: AP Images)

    Laura Wibbenmeyer says temperatures today will top out in the lower 90s across most of the area.  Feels like numbers will be in the mid to upper 90s. 

    Laura Wibbenmeyer says temperatures today will top out in the lower 90s across most of the area.  Feels like numbers will be in the mid to upper 90s. 

  • SIU Board of Trustees sets new date to discuss administrative leave for Dunn

    SIU Board of Trustees sets new date to discuss administrative leave for Dunn

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-06-19 16:51:47 GMT
    The SIU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting to discuss the administrative leave of Pres. Randy Dunn and the appointment of an acting president. (Source: KFVS)The SIU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting to discuss the administrative leave of Pres. Randy Dunn and the appointment of an acting president. (Source: KFVS)

    The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees set a new date for a special meeting to discuss placing President Randy Dunn on administrative leave and appointing an acting president.

    The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees set a new date for a special meeting to discuss placing President Randy Dunn on administrative leave and appointing an acting president.

Powered by Frankly