The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving a reprieve to southwestern Illinois and other U.S. areas guarded by levees it was to have deemed functionally useless.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told federal lawmakers Thursday that the agency would hold off on decertifying 64 miles of earthen levees protecting St. Louis' Illinois suburbs.
Fugate says the agency would stop using a questioned assessment technique and turn to a more nuanced measure of the actual protection the levees provide.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says homes and businesses in the Mississippi River floodplain may need flood insurance, even if they are protected by a levee.
Last week senators from Missouri, Illinois and 16 other states sent a letter to Administrator Fugate.
The Illinois EPA is helping the Metro East village of Washington Park clean up an illegal dumping site this week.
The area an estimated 100 tons of trash, and the clean-up is expected to take three to five days.
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