Officials announce additional aid for Harrisburg-area tornado victims


HARRISBURG, Ill. - Millions of dollars in state aid is coming to tornado-ravaged Harrisburg, Illinois.

State leaders visited Harrisburg on Monday to announce an aid package including up to $13,000,000 to help those affected by the Feb 29. tornado.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will pay up to $5,000,000 for infrastructure, housing, and reconstruction.

The Illinois Finance Authority pledged up to $2,000,000 in small business loans for Saline, Gallatin, and Williamson counties.

IDOT will provide nearly $1,600,000 for 21 road projects within the City of Harrisburg.

And IEMA will provide $1,500,000 to local governments for disaster-related expenses like paying overtime.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority pledged $1,000,000 in home loans.

And the Delta Regional Authority will pay $400,000 to help local governments cover the costs of debris removal.

Local 6's Kendall Downing will have more on what this money will mean to the people of Harrisburg tonight on Local 6 at 6.