LAWRENCEVILLE, ILL. (WTHI) - Illinois officials want disaster declarations for 14 southern Illinois counties including one in the Wabash Valley.
The flooding disaster in the land of Lincoln mostly hit counties along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, but Lawrence County was included in the request by Governor Pat Quinn to federal officials.
Earlier this month breaks in the Cross Levee sent flood waters flowing over much of eastern Lawrence County.
State and local officials have been assessing the damage caused by the flooding and now the governor considers it a disaster area.
"That's all been tabulated now and we have enough damages that we have been declared," said Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency Director Jess Angle.
While the state declaration provides some aid, the real help is supposed to come from the federal government if the president agrees that the area is a disaster.
Because Lawrence County dropped out of the national flood insurance program most of the folks said flood insurance was too expensive for them, so that means even if there is a federal disaster declaration they are going to be on their own to fix things.
"It won't make any difference," said Brenda Taylor at the former Westport Inn that is now called The Pier. "We get no help regardless, but we've got it put back together."
A federal declaration though could still have some positive impact.
Officials say fighting the flood and cleaning up afterwards took a big chunk of money out of the local budgets.
"It's over $300,000 and the levee district is included in this too, so now whether FEMA recognizes that, that's their decision," said Angle.
A decision that might not help individuals recover, but may help the county from going underwater financially.
Lawrence County officials say they are also working with the Army Corps of Engineers on a plan to repair the holes in the Cross Levee that led to the flooding.
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