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Kinzinger Leads Bipartisan Delegation Letter Urging SBA to Help Ford County

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Washington, DC, August 23, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
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.
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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.

Friday, August 20, 2021

 

Dear Administrator Guzman:

We are writing in support of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Declaration for Ford County in Illinois as a result of severe flooding that occurred this month.

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.

Assisting these residents in recovery is of utmost importance, and Governor Pritzker has determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments.

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.

 

Sincerely,

Richard Durbin, United States Senator

Tammy Duckworth, United States Senator

Adam Kinzinger, Member of Congress

Mike Quigley, Member of Congress

Cheri Bustos, Member of Congress

Robin L. Kelly, Member of Congress

Bill Foster, Member of Congress

Mike Bost, Member of Congress

Raja Krishnamoorthi, Member of Congress

Lauren Underwood, Member of Congress

Sean Casten, Member of Congress

Jan Schakowsky, Member of Congress

Marie Newman, Member of Congress

Jesús G. "Chuy" García, Member of Congress

Rodney Davis, Member of Congress

Danny K. Davis, Member of Congress

Darin LaHood, Member of Congress

Bobby L. Rush, Member of Congress

Mary Miller, Member of Congress

Bradley S. Schneider, Member of Congress

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