Alexander County board chairman says flood funds part of stopgap measure

An Alexander County leader tells Local 6 an Illinois stopgap funding measure signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday night includes $5 million for flood mitigation for the county. 

Alexander County Board Chairman Chalen Tatum says that money will be used to continue the flood relocation program from the 2011 flood. 

Tatum says he’s hopeful a new budget will free up $8 million FEMA gave the state and $5 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The status of the FEMA buyouts for Alexander County properties in the 2011 flood has been up in the air because of the budget impasse. The buyout takes 75 percent FEMA contributions and 25 percent state money. 

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