Blagojevich appeals FEMA to assist Rockford residents devastated by Labor Day floods

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich appealed FEMA’s recent denial of his request for federal assistance for Rockford-area residents whose homes suffered serious damage from flash floods on Labor Day. In his appeal letter to President George W. Bush, the Governor said additional information recently provided by the City of Rockford warrants reconsideration by the federal agency.

“We’re extremely disappointed by FEMA’s decision to deny individual assistance to residents in Rockford whose homes were severely damaged as a result of flash flooding last month,” Blagojevich said. “FEMA apparently failed to take into consideration the fact that some of Rockford’s poorest residents who lived in the impacted area are uninsured and need assistance to help them repair their flood-damaged homes. The state and city have worked together closely on recovery efforts following the flooding, but the residents need financial assistance that is only available through a federal disaster declaration.”

The state received notification Friday, Oct. 20, that the Governor’s request for assistance for flood victims was denied. The denial letter allowed the state 30 days to submit an appeal and additional information supporting the appeal. The governor’s appeal letter was submitted to FEMA. It is not known how long it will take for FEMA to render a decision on the appeal.

From the Nov. 8-14, 2006, issue

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