The Chicago Tribune, 12 March 2012
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12 mars 2012
Federal officials have ruled that damage from a tornado that ripped through southern Illinois does not rate federal disaster status.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
officials on Saturday issued a letter denying Gov.Pat Quinn's request for disaster aid for the five counties hardest hit by the tornado Feb. 29, meaning residents and communities will not be eligible for federal dollars for the costs of repairing the damage.
The news was yet another blow to the region, which had been designated a major disaster area just last year after floods damaged the area. The 170-mph winds of the recent twister damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and killed seven people, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg.