Tornado stricken communities in southern Illinois might get another chance at receiving federal aid.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in Washington on Wednesday to try to convince them to give aid to the five counties that suffered damage from the storms in February, according to the Associated Press.
FEMA will now allow the state to recalculate the damage from the storms in February.
“The damage in Harrisburg, Ridgway and the surrounding communities was some of the worst I have ever seen. I couldn’t believe that the federal government initially denied Illinois’ request for aid, but I am encouraged by today’s meeting with Administrator Fugate,” Durbin said in a statement.
Earlier this week, FEMA announced the five counties did not qualify for federal aid because state funds, charities and insurance could cover the costs of the damage.
"We are hopeful that the ongoing evaluations will make the case for what we all know to be true – that the storms caused massive damage that warrants federal assistance,” said a spokesperson for Sen. Mark Kirk.