A central Illinois congressman says he's concerned about the ability of Peoria, Pekin and East Peoria to withstand impending flood waters. The Illinois River is expected to crest at Peoria Tuesday at 30 1/2 feet. That could go higher if more rains swell the river. Republican Aaron Schock of Peoria says he's confident federal funds will be available once the damage is done.
"There will be federal disaster assistance because the state of Illinois has already declared state disaster areas. Once the flood occurs, the Illinois delegation has already signed a letter the Governor will use with all congressmen in Illinois in support of federal disaster assistance."
Schock says coummunity governments affected by flooding will get 75% of their costs paid for through federal aid. He says the situation is different in Illinois than what eastern seabord residents faced during Superstorm Sandy last fall. He says that required additional appropriations during critically-sensitive budget negotiations. Schock helped fill sandbags in Chillicothe over the weekend. The rumored-GOP candidate for governor has nothing but praise for the way Governor Quinn has handled flooding in Illinois so far.
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