PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Governor Pat Quinn asked President Obama to declare 14 Ill. counties major disaster areas on Tuesday, May 24.
Counties requested include: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White and Williamson.
If Quinn's request is approved, people in the approved counties would be eligible for grants and low-interest SBA loans. Also, affected businesses would be able to apply for low-interest SBA loans.
"During the floods, I met with local officials and people affected by the flooding, listened to their stories and saw the widespread devastation caused by the floodwaters," said Quinn. "Federal assistance is needed to help them recover from this disaster. That's why we worked quickly to document the damage and submit this request for federal assistance. I ask President Obama to quickly approve this request to help people begin the recovery process."