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Durbin and Illinois Congressional Delegation Call on President to Provide Federal Relief for Thirteen Illinois Counties

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation today in requesting that President Obama declare thirteen Illinois counties -- Adams, Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stephenson and Winnebago -- eligible for relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance grant program. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn requested this declaration late yesterday for the counties affected by severe storms, flooding, and flash flooding that occurred in late July

"We write to support Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's request to… add the Public Assistance program… for thirteen counties in Illinois affected by severe storms, flooding, and flash flooding that occurred in late July," wrote the Illinois Congressional Delegation members. "The Governor has determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary. We thank you in advance for your timely consideration of this request and stand ready to assist in any way appropriate."

Severe storms and torrential rains in late July led to flooding and flash flooding that impacted thousands of Illinois residents and numerous communities causing sewer backups, damaging basements and first floor areas, washing away bridges and roadways, and leaving significant debris for removal. Governor Quinn has already declared these counties state disaster areas. With Public Assistance eligibility, the State of Illinois, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations would be eligible for grants to help with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities.

On August 19, President Obama declared seven Illinois counties -- Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago -- federal disaster areas as a result of the same July storms. Those seven counties have been designated for Individual Assistance funding which provides assistance to individuals and businesses to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses. Additionally, all Illinois counties have been designated for Hazard Mitigation Assistance areas which include funding for measures designed to reduce future losses to public and private property.

Members signing on to today's letter include Senator Roland Burris (D-IL), Representatives Melissa Bean (D-IL), Judy Biggert (R-IL), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Danny Davis (D-IL), Bill Foster (D-IL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Debbie Halverson (D-IL), Phil Hare (D-IL), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Tim Johnson (R-IL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Don Manzullo (R-IL), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Aaron Schock (R-IL) and John Shimkus (R-IL).

September 1, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D. C.

Dear Mr. President:

We write to support Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's request to re-open the incident period for the major disaster declaration (FEMA-1935-DR) and add the Public Assistance program (all categories A-G) for thirteen counties in Illinois affected by severe storms, flooding, and flash flooding that occurred in late July. Governor Quinn has already declared these counties state disaster areas.

Severe storms and torrential rains led to flooding and flash flooding that damaged or destroyed roads, public buildings, water and sewer management systems, and other public infrastructure in the following thirteen counties: Adams, Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stephenson and Winnebago. The flood waters impacted thousands of Illinois residents and numerous communities causing sewer backups, damaging basements and first floor areas, washing away bridges and roadways, and leaving significant debris for removal.

The Governor has determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary. Governor Quinn is specifically requesting Public Assistance (all categories A-G) be added to FEMA-1935-DR for Adams, Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.

We appreciate FEMA's assistance to date and respectfully request that you make the necessary declaration to allow residents and communities in the affected areas to receive the federal disaster assistance essential for a successful recovery. We thank you in advance for your timely consideration of this request and stand ready to assist in any way appropriate.

Sincerely,


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