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EMA Director: FEMA’s Denial Very Disappointing; Kincaid Recovery Update Provided

It was announced last week that FEMA denied the state’s request for federal assistance following the flooding that occurred in late December. Christian County EMA Director Mike Crews told Regional Radio News that the denial is very disappointing mixed in with disgust.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director James K. Joseph Crews stated he will contact the emergency management partners in the affected counties to see if there is any additional information that could support an appeal of the denial. Crews noted the Kincaid residents that were affected by the flooding are doing better, and they’re in rebuilding mode.


In regards to Kincaid, Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler stated they have worked hard during the recovery and rebuilding process, assuming the federal government was not going to help.

For the recovery process, a long-term committee meets on a weekly basis. The Habitat for Humanity is doing their assessments. Corporate companies and faith-based charities have stepped in to help supply items or have adopted a home to rebuild. Wheeler mentioned some good news as House-In-A-Box out of Seattle, Washington did an assessment of 18 families that needed furniture, and 16 were approved for brand new furniture.


The Police Department is still the point of contact if you would like to make a material or cash donation. Their number is 217-237-5568. 

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