The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is hoping to submit a request for federal assistance Monday following Sunday's storms that destroyed more than one-thousand homes statewide and killed six people. The agency is wrapping up disaster assessments over the weekend. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin toured the heavily damaged community of Washington today.
Durbin says he will do everything he can to make sure FEMA approves federal assistance to Illinois.
"We had a disappointment in Harrisburg. I was sure we were going to get federal assistance in Harrisburg. We didn't, despite our best efforts. This devastation is much larger and much more likely to receive that federal designation."
Harrisburg, in southern Illinois, suffered major damage following a 2012 tornado, destroying hundreds of homes and killing seven people. But FEMA denied the town federal assistance citing help from local and state agencies as well as volunteer groups and private insurance.
Preliminary damage assessments show nearly 15-hundred homes were completely destroyed or heavily damaged during Sunday's storms. The Director of the state emergency management agency says that number is likely to climb. The National Weather Service confirmed today/yesterday 24 tornadoes hit the state Sunday.
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