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Illinois Seeking FEMA Help After Snowfall
All that snow nearly shut down the city, and now, the state wants to get the federal government involved to help pick up the tab for cleanup.
A good start on the path to FEMA help is the fact that the snowfall is record-breaking. Being at or near that level is a requirement.
The fiscal criteria, though, could be a problem. Overall, the state needs to have more than $17.5 million in weather-related expenses to qualify for federal assistance.
"Our concern is that the city of Chicago, where they have so many miles of streets that they have to be plowing, if they did not see any trucks, any manpower, any overtime, that will not be in this time's calculations," Sangamon County Emergency Management Agency Director David Butt said. "That could tip the balance against us."
Overtime pay from snow-affected parts of the state should drive the costs up some, but it may not get state and local agencies up to the magic number of $17.5 million.
Cleanup costs are still being totaled.
The last time the state qualified for snow assistance was more than two years ago, during the blizzard of 2011.