Recovery from the tornados and storms of Sunday, November 17 is underway at full speed, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter. State, Federal and local government agencies are teaming up with local residents to remove debris and begin to rebuild lives.
Sen. McCarter said friends, relatives, neighbors and in many cases complete strangers are pitching in to help.
“I had the opportunity to tour parts of the effected areas and see the damage for myself. The neighbors of New Minden did not plea loudly for the government to come and save them. While still grieving the loss of the Hoy family they picked themselves up and got to work, taking care of one another and cleaning up the destruction. I am proud of the people I represent. Their spirit of self-reliance is worthy of receiving a smaller more limited government in return,” said McCarter.
After an initial disaster declaration for seven Illinois counties which included Washington County, Governor Quinn extended the declaration to Fayette and Vermilion counties. The total counties declared state disaster areas now number nine. They are: Champaign, Fayette, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Vermillion, Washington and Woodford
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, which is coordinating emergency services, said beginning Thursday, November 21, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin damage assessments in the effected areas. IEMA said the information collected will be used in the state’s request for a federal declaration for disaster assistance.