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Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Illinois Disaster Relief

Washington -- Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today released the following statement following the President's declaration of disaster assistance for eleven counties in Illinois, including four in the 16th district:

"As the water recedes, many Illinois residents now face the tough task of cleaning up and starting to rebuild," said Kinzinger. "This disaster assistance will help lighten that task, and I'm pleased to see that much needed relief will be coming to the families, businesses, and towns looking to rebuild their communities and ensure against future flood damage. My office will continue to be a resource for my constituents to ensure those affected by recent storms receive the help they need."

Last week, Congressman Kinzinger joined with the Illinois Congressional delegation to send a letter to President Obama in support of the State of Illinois' request for a federal disaster declaration. Following the President's declaration, Illinois residents and businesses will be eligible to apply for federal loans and reimbursements to help pay for storm and flood damage incurred from April 16, 2013 through May 5, 2013.

Individuals and businesses can apply for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA.

The full text of the May 9, 2013 letter is below:

May 9, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

We write in support of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's request for a federal disaster declaration for counties in Illinois. Forty-eight counties have been declared a state disaster to date. Federal assistance is necessary to help these counties recover from flash and river flooding that occurred as a result of severe April rainstorms.

The State of Illinois has determined that state and local funds are not adequate to address the damage to public infrastructure and costs related to debris removal and emergency protective measures resulting from this weather event.

As a result of the torrential rainfall, rivers in Illinois reached historic record-high levels and dangerous flooding occurred all across the state. Our communities experienced major property damage, evacuations, road closures, at least one fatality and several injuries. It is clear from the magnitude of the damage that recovery efforts will be beyond the means of state and local budgets. A major disaster declaration will make critical federal assistance available to help our communities to rebuild and recover from this severe storm.

We respectfully request that you make the necessary declaration so that these counties can receive the assistance they need. We thank you in advance for your timely consideration of this important request and stand ready to assist in any way appropriate.


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