Major Disaster Declared for Illinois
The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Illinois in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes on November 17, 2013.
The 15 counties worst affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes are Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, La Salle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will, and Woodford.
The White House declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the disaster areas, said U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA in a statement.
Last week, Gov. Quinn declared a total of 13 counties in Illinois as disaster areas after tornadoes tore through the state, killing at least 6 people and leaving hundreds of others injured. A total of 85 twisters (confirmed by SPC), including two EF4 tornadoes, which pack 166 mph to 200 mph winds, touched down in the US heartland destroying or damaging hundreds of homes.
Recent Disaster Declarations
- Nebraska Declared Federal Disaster Area November 27, 2013
- Major Disaster Declared for South Dakota November 9, 2013
- Major Disaster Declared in North Dakota November 1, 2013
- North Carolina Declared Federal Disaster Area October 31, 2013
- Major Disaster Declared in New Mexico October 30, 2013
- Kansas Declared Federal Disaster Area October 30, 2013
- Blizzard Kills 80,000 Cattle in S. Dakota October 14, 2013
- New Mexico Declared Federal Disaster Area October 2, 2013