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.

If approved, the SBA declaration would enable people and businesses in those counties, as well as counties contiguous to each, to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

“Nearly three months after floodwaters receded, many people still are trying to repair or rebuild their homes and replace personal property damaged in the floods,” said Rauner. “If approved, these low-interest loans could speed up the recovery process for many people and businesses.”

The state requested federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help people recover from the floods, but that request was denied March 10. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) consulted with the affected counties to see if any additional damage had been reported that could have been used to support an appeal of the denial. However, only minimal damage information for homes and businesses was reported by the impacted counties.

Rauner also announced Friday that IEMA will work with FEMA to review additional local government expenses related to the disaster that were recently submitted by eight counties. The IEMA and FEMA are to review new information submitted by officials from Alexander, Calhoun, Cass, Clark, Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties to determine if those costs could support a state appeal for federal assistance to local governments.

On March 10, FEMA also denied the state’s request for federal assistance for local governments affected by the December floods. The total costs to state and local governments included in that request totaled $15 million, which was less than FEMA’s population-based threshold for Illinois of $18.1 million. Although state officials understood the total costs fell below the threshold, federal assistance was requested due to the devastating impact of the disaster to the local infrastructure and economy, particularly in areas that were still recovering from flooding that occurred in mid-2015.

Rauner on Thursday added Clark County to the state declaration for the disaster after local governmental expenses related to the flooding in that county were submitted to the IEMA.


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MarryGoshorn wrote on November 24, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Natural storms like floods should be reduced as much as possible through taking proper measures to rehabilitate the affeced people.The small business administration (SMA) did an excellent job for the benefits of the people.They are lookingward to get the for preventing the forthcoming natural disaster like floods.


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