SPRINGFIELD, Illnois -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of assistance to homeowners affected by the southern Illinois tornado that ravaged Harrisburg late last month.
Quinn issued a statement Monday saying he informed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano of his decision.
“I urged Secretary Napolitano to reconsider FEMA’s decision,” Quinn said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin and other lawmakers plan to meet with FEMA Director Craig Fugate on Wednesday to challenge the decision.
Quinn says Illinois is doing everything it can to help communities hit hard by storms on Feb. 29, including Harrisburg, where seven people died and 98 homes were destroyed by an F4 tornado.
But he says some assistance needed by residents is available only through a federal disaster declaration.
“We are hopeful our joint efforts will help FEMA understand that a full recovery from this disaster cannot happen without their support,” he said.
FEMA says there’s enough private insurance and other resources for Illinois to recover.