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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2011

IEMA Begins Work to Help Local Governments Recoup Expenses from February Winter Storm
Federal assistance approved for 60 counties

Springfield – Following approval Thursday of the state’s request for federal aid for 60 counties affected by the early February winter storm, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today said it is beginning the process to help nearly 2,000 local governments in those counties receive that assistance.

“I am proud of the state’s response to the worse winter storm we have faced in decades,” said Governor Quinn.  “Working together, our state agencies like IEMA, the State Police and more rescued thousands of motorists and saved lives.  And with this federal assistance, the communities that were hit hard can focus on their recovery.”

In mid-February, representatives from IEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency reviewed expenses submitted by state and local governments related to storm response and recovery.  Those costs are estimated at more than $64 million.

On February 28, Gov. Quinn requested that 60 counties receive federal reimbursement for extraordinary storm-related expenses, including emergency protective measures, debris removal and permanent repair of damages to government-owned facilities and electrical cooperatives.  Local government entities in the following counties are now eligible to receive reimbursement for 75 percent of their eligible storm-related expenses:

Adams
Bond
Boone
Brown
Bureau
Calhoun
Carroll
Cass
Christian
Clark
Clay
Coles
Cook
Crawford
Cumberland
DeKalb
Douglas
DuPage
Edgar
Effingham
Fayette
Ford
Fulton
Hancock
Henderson
Henry
Jasper
Jo Daviess
Kane
Knox
Lake
LaSalle
Lee
Logan
Marion
Marshall
Mason
McDonough
McHenry
Menard
Mercer
Morgan
Moultrie
Ogle
Peoria
Pike
Putnam
Richland
Rock Island
Schuyler
Scott
Shelby
Stark
Tazewell
Warren
Washington
Whiteside
Will
Winnebago
Woodford
 
In addition, 34 counties that experienced a one, two or three-day record or near-record snow fall were approved to receive 75 percent of extraordinary snow removal costs for a 48-hour period.  Those counties include:
 
Bureau
Calhoun
Carroll
Cass
Cook
DeKalb
DuPage
Fulton
Hancock
Henry
Jo Daviess
Kane
Lake
LaSalle
Lee
Logan
Marshall
Mason
McDonough
Mercer
Morgan
Ogle
Peoria
Pike
Putnam
Rock Island
Schuyler
Stark
Tazewell
Warren
Whiteside
Will
Winnebago
Woodford
 
Adams, Boone, Brown, Ford, Henderson, Knox, McHenry, Menard and Scott counties experienced snowfall that exceeded their record snow fall by at least 50 percent.  These counties were approved to receive reimbursement for 72 hours of snow removal.
 
“We will work closely with FEMA to help expedite reimbursement to these local governmental bodies,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.
 
Monken said IEMA is continuing to work with several other counties to determine storm-related expenses and may request that they be added at a later date.


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