Kinzinger Leads Bipartisan Delegation Letter Urging SBA to Help Ford County
Congressman Kinzinger (R-IL) led a bipartisan letter with the Illinois Congressional Delegation to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting that Ford County be granted an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration following severe flooding earlier this month.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kinzinger (R-IL), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), led a bipartisan effort with all members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting that Ford County be granted an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration following severe flooding earlier this month. The region most impacted by the flooding sits within the Sixteenth Congressional District, which Congressman Kinzinger represents.
The letter sent to the SBA today follows in support of the Illinois Governor’s request after his office determined that the severity of flood damage was beyond the capacity of state and local governments to address.
“On August 12, severe storms caused up to 10 inches of flooding in Ford County. The National Weather Service reported that ‘essentially all’ roads in Gibson City were untraversable. The subsequent damage assessment conducted by the SBA found that many properties either incurred major damage or were destroyed as a result of the flooding,” said the lawmakers. “As such, we respectfully request that you issue an SBA Disaster Declaration for Ford County, and we request that the SBA disaster loans also be offered to the counties that are contiguous to the aforementioned county.”
The full text of the letter is available here and attached.