Illinois has again been denied federal flood relief money. Seventeen counties applied for federal flood recovery assistance following the flooding of late December and early January, and the state recently appealed FEMA's original denial. Under federal rules, the state cannot submit another appeal for federal assistance.
Alton and Grafton were hit hardest by actual river flooding, but other communities suffered from flash flooding due to the amount of rain that fell in the weekend after Christmas. Officials with both FEMA and IEMA met with local governments to review the costs associated with fighting the flood, and with an additional $1.8 million in state costs, Illinois had hoped to justify the federal funding through the appeal. The director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the poorest communities continue to suffer because of this "unfair process."