Brookport to receive nearly $2 million after deadly tornado - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Brookport to receive nearly $2 million after deadly tornado

Posted: Updated:
(Source: Giacomo Luca/KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca/KFVS)
BROOKPORT, IL (KFVS) - The City of Brookport will receive nearly $2 million in relief funds after the deadly tornado of 2013.

Charles Edward Boyt has lived in Brookport for nearly 20 years.
"I think it was hit a lot harder than people realized," Boyt said.

Ernest Klotz, another Brookport resident, recalls the tornado.

"I got a text on my phone that said there was a tornado that was going to go through," Klotz said. "You know, we get weather around here that says well, that's going to happen, it might happen. But it never did happen. This time it did happen."

Governor Pat Quinn announced Monday that $11.6 million of state funds would be allocated to municipalities in Illinois.

This is the second installment of a $45 million relief package.

Deadly tornadoes blew through Illinois in November of 2013. The funds will go to those places affected.

The funds come after the state's request for financial aid from the federal government was denied.

“Illinois has faced a record number of natural disasters in recent years, but we are committed to helping each and every community get back on its feet,” Governor Quinn said in a statement.

“I can’t thank Governor Quinn and his agency directors enough for all they’ve done for us in Brookport to help us recover from the tornado,” Brookport Mayor Pro Tem Tom Souders said in a statement.

The funds come from two state agencies including the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Emergency Agency (IEMA).

Along with the $1.8 million going to Brookport, other municipalities received funding including Washington, Gifford, Park District, Township Road District, Massac County, Pekin, Diamond, Coal City, East Peoria, Compromise Township, and Champaign County.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • FBI launches excessive force probe of Independence police

    FBI launches excessive force probe of Independence police

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:11:25 GMT
    The FBI announced Monday afternoon that it has launched an investigation of the Independence Police Department after a teen was left in a coma following an arrest.
    The FBI announced Monday afternoon that it has launched an investigation of the Independence Police Department after a teen was left in a coma following an arrest.
  • Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

    Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:52:14 GMT
    Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple is releasing a special tool that lets people...
    Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove...
  • Notre Dame High School starts new lunch program, opts out of federal

    Notre Dame High School starts new lunch program, opts out of federal

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:05:42 GMT
    New federal regulations have changed what many kids who attend public schools eat for lunch at school. However, some area private schools don't have to follow those rules and have come up with their own new school lunch program.
    New federal regulations have changed what many kids who attend public schools eat for lunch at school. However, some area private schools don't have to follow those rules and have come up with their own new school lunch program.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.