Repairs to Summit Street in Alton will be a costly proposition, and the city's public works director says it will be an even bigger impact to the city without the help of FEMA disaster assistance.  Earlier this month FEMA denied assistance to Illinois after the state reported damages of $15-million, just shy of FEMA's $18.1-million threshold.

Bob Barnhart tells The Big Z there will have to be some major reconstruction of the sub-surface before they can get to the road repairs, and the project could cost $500,000.

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Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), along with many other members of the state's congressional delegation, are pushing legislation that would re-write the formula FEMA uses when calculating what communities are eligible for assistance.


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