CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $9.2 million to help Illinois pay some of the costs incurred as a result of flooding on the Mississippi River last summer that breached or threatened to breach a number of levees.
"These levees provide agriculture and communities with critical protection from flooding," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner. "As the result of a federal disaster declaration, FEMA is able to provide the helping hand of federal assistance to Illinois drainage and levee districts."
In all, FEMA has obligated grants in varying amounts that respond to requests from 28 separate Illinois drainage and levee districts.
More than half the total obligation-$5 million-is for the Sny Island Drainage and Levee District in New Canton, Ill.? In 1993, the Sny Island levee was breached, flooding the town of Hull and thousands of acres of farmland and crops. This time around, feverish emergency efforts to bolster and repair the barrier even as the river rose higher kept this levee intact.
Another of the larger FEMA obligations is $1.7 million for the Indian Grave Drainage District, Quincy, Ill.? The Indian Grave levee was among the ones that were breached in 2008 causing flooding to thousands of acres of farms.
These are some of the other large obligations:
- Big Swan Drainage and Levee District:? $220,000
- Henderson County Drainange Distrcits 1 & 2:? $617,813
- Hillview Drainage and Levee District:? $183,000
- Hudson City Drainage and Levee Districts 1 & 2:? $618,000
- Nutwood Drainage and Levee District:? $106,000
- Prairie Du Rocher Modoc Drainage and Levee District:? $306,000
- South Quincy Drainage and Levee District:? $211,000
These FEMA grants are restricted to the eligible costs the agencies incurred for flood fighting, such as sandbagging, pumping and increasing the height of a levee to protect improved property. FEMA grants may also cover some emergency repairs. In addition, FEMA pays 75 percent of the cost for debris removal to reduce an immediate threat to improved property. It pays 90 percent of flood fighting and emergency repair costs incurred between June 1 and Aug. 7, 2008, and 75 percent of costs incurred after Aug. 7. The FEMA grants are made to the state which administers the funds.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.