Tornado Victims Get Some Federal Aid

Residents of nine counties in Southern Illinois will be eligible for disaster loans.

By Sandra Torres
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:41 AM CDT
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After a tornado the day before, Levi Fogle, takes a break and plays guitar while Sarah Pearce continues cleaning up and salvaging what they can at their home Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill. Their children, daughters ages 5, 3 and 8 months, were unhurt by the twister. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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Tornado stricken counties in Southern Illinois will get some relief, thanks to the Federal government.

Governor Pat Quinn says a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster declaration was approved for nine counties downstate.

The declaration will allow homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for low-interest loans, according to Gov. Quinn.

“This is great news for many people and businesses who suffered devastating losses from the tornadoes and severe storms," said Gov. Quinn. "The low-interest, long-term loans available through SBA will provide a much-needed helping hand as people repair and rebuild their homes and businesses.”

Officials at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency encourage people to contact the Small Business Administration to learn more about the loans.

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