After nearly a foot of rain and more than a week's worth of flooding at the end of December, local municipalities are still waiting to find out if federal reimbursement for the cost of fighting the flooding will happen. Nineteen counties racked up an estimated $15-million in damages, but that fell about $3-million short of what it is believed is needed to secure the Fed's help.
Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold tells The Big Z the documentation of the costs of disaster response is critical in the process of applying for the funding.
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Sebold says the federal government has not stated the application has been denied, so he is holding out hope. Even if the application is denied, he says Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner could appeal the decision.