By Heartland News
METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - Winter Storm '09 packed a major punch and will cost millions to clean up.
Just this week, President Obama approved a federal disaster declaration for nine southern Illinois counties, including Massac County.
The mayor of Metropolis says Winter Storm '09 clean up is costing about $1.4 million and the disaster declaration couldn't have come any sooner.
"We can now budget for our programs where we will now only have to take out $25,000 or $250,000 versus a $1 million," said Billy McDaniel, mayor of Metropolis. "So this money is very vital to our community."