SPRINGFIELD, Il. (KMOV) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn asked President Barack Obama to declare five southern counties major disaster areas after the devastating tornadoes and severe storms damages houses and businesses on February 29.
The counties included in the request are Gallatin, Randolph, Saline, Union and Williamson.
“We need federal aid in order to help these communities recover, which is why we worked to document the damage and submit this request for federal assistance,” Governor Quinn said.
If the request is approved, residents in the counties would be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest loans. Businesses would also be able to apply for low-interest loans.