Saturday, July 26


Logan County gets state
disaster declaration

State funds will aid victims in tornado recovery       Send a link to a friend

[JULY 26, 2003]  SPRINGFIELD -- On Thursday Gov. Rod. Blagojevich declared Logan and DeWitt counties state disaster areas, based on damages caused by tornadoes and severe storms that struck the counties May 30 and 31.

The storms damaged or destroyed homes, businesses and other structures, as well as downing numerous trees. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Corrections have assisted with cleanup efforts, providing trucks, equipment and crews for debris removal.

"The cleanup after these storms strained the resources of local governments in both counties," Blagojevich said. "The state was able to provide the much-needed manpower and equipment from several state agencies immediately following the storms and, with the beginning of a new fiscal year, we are able to provide the communities the financial assistance they need to deal with the cleanup."


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Illinois has experienced several severe storms in the past two months, starting with those in Logan and DeWitt counties in late May and culminating with a series of severe storms throughout the state in July. The disaster declaration enables the state to help local government with costs associated with cleanup efforts. IEMA will be working with local officials to assess the impact of the storms and the need for assistance.

State efforts to help with debris removal have strained state resources, and this declaration also will allow the state agencies involved to be reimbursed for extraordinary cleanup expenses.

[News release] 



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