(TNS) — After months of persistent flooding in the metro-east, counties are tabulating the damages and requesting millions of dollars in federal assistance.
Thursday marked the last day for Illinois counties to request Public Assistance Reimbursement through the state. Between Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties, roughly $33 million in aid is being requested. The figure is expected to go higher.
“We knew the costs would be high due to the length of the flooding, but never imagined it would be this high,” Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler said.
This year’s flooding was historic for the area due to the longevity of the flooding and the height the Mississippi, Illinois and Kaskaskia rivers reached. The high water mark for the Mississippi River at St. Louis, reached on Saturday, June 8, was 46.02 feet, the second-highest recorded crest.
Source: DRJ New feed