Obama OKs disaster funding for 15 tornado-hit Illinois counties

President Barack Obama approved federal aid for 15 Illinois counties recovering from the deadly tornadoes that struck the state on Nov. 17.

The approval comes just one day after Gov. Pat Quinn submitted the request.

“Just days before Thanksgiving, this is good news for thousands of people in Illinois who have suffered so much,” Quinn said in a statement. “I thank President Obama for his swift approval that will bring much-needed federal relief to those who desperately need it in the wake of these deadly storms. I encourage everyone who suffered damage or loss from the Nov. 17 tornadoes to register for grants and low-interest loans that will help them rebuild their lives.”

At least 24 tornadoes were reported on Nov. 17. The counties that will receive federal assistance are: Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties.

Anyone impacted by the Nov. 17 tornadoes should register for the grants and low-interest loans they may be eligible for. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number (1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing and speech impaired) for victims to apply for assistance. Registration can also be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

For more information about disaster recovery resources, including shelters and ways to help tornado survivors, visit www.ready.illinois.gov.

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