An appeal has been filed for federal funding to assist local communities recover money spent in fighting the late December and early January flooding in Illinois. Governor Bruce Rauner officially appealed last months denial of federal flood relief. Seventeen counties applied for federal flood recovery assistance including Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, St. Clair and Monroe.
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 hopes to justify the federal funding through the appeal. If approved, the federal funding could help pay for up to 75-percent of a local communities flood recovery expenses.