Logan County gets state
State funds will aid victims in tornado recovery
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[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
"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.
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.