The tornado damage from yesterday left a wide and far-reaching path of destruction. February of last year, Illinois suffered the consequences of another tornado in Saline County, Illinois. 98 homes were destroyed and seven people were killed.
In the wake of the destruction, Illinois was forced to debate with FEMA regarding their decision to deny aid.
FEMA’s decision not to provide disaster help for homeowners in Illinois was based on a range of factors, not simply on whether there was serious damage in Harrisburg, spokesman Mark Peterson said. Among those factors were how much homeowners’ insurance would cover, the state’s size and its ability to take care of those affected. The assessment included volunteer and charity resources.
“Based on our review of all of the information available, it has been determined that the damage was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate wrote to Gov. Pat Quinn in a letter.