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Postal Service: Keep paths clear of snow, ice

To help letter carriers deliver the mail this winter, the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to keep snow and  ice cleared from their sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.


Wind advisory issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for several counties in East Central Illinois.

For DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion and Macon counties, the advisory begins Friday afternoon and runs until Friday evening. For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory begins at 2 p.m. Friday and runs until 3 p.m. Saturday.


Some tips to stay safe in the extreme heat

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the following tips to stay safe in extreme temperatures:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Ford County Residents seeking a cooling center are encouraged to visit their local library during normal library business hours in Paxton, Gibson City, Melvin and Piper City

— Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.


Deadline to apply for SBA loans is June 3

ATLANTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives,  small aquaculture businesses  and nonprofit organizations in Illinois of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for economic injury caused by severe  storms, flooding and tornadoes between June 7 and July 31, 2015.


SBA assistance approved for Iroquois County for December floods

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December.


Governor requests SBA Assistance for Christian, Iroquois counties for December floods

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted Friday a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December 2015.


FEMA denies Illinois’ request for federal flood aid

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois’ request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties, including Iroquois County.


Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.


FEMA will help with damage assessment

SPRINGFIELD — Federal help could be on the way for Villa Grove, Watseka and other communities still recovering from recent flooding.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will assist with damage assessments in areas affected by heavy rains in late December and early January.


Iroquois County Board chairman wants permanent fix to address flooding

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson would like to use any federal disaster funds that might come Iroquois County’s way to do something — anything — to create a longterm solution to address the county’s flooding woes.

As the Beaverville Republican notes, “This is the new norm, having two or three floods a year.”


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