WASHINGTON, Ill. — Agents with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in Illinois and other states affected by Sunday's tornadoes, but it isn't clear if it will mean more federal help for storm victims.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has issued disaster declarations for 13 counties. That's meant to make it easier for state resources to help communities raked by the Sunday storms that killed at least six people.
FEMA says it has sent emergency teams and liaisons to affected states.
FEMA spokesman Mark Peterson in Chicago says local officials are assessing property damage, including how much of it will be covered by insurance.
Once that's all determined, affected states can request FEMA's help in verifying those numbers and decide whether to seek a federal disaster declaration.
Quinn says a tornado recovery priority is making sure those who were left homeless in southern and central Illinois have roofs over their heads.
With colder weather setting in, housing has become a main concern following Sunday's storms, which killed at least six people and injured dozens. Hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed.
Quinn spoke to WLS-TV by phone on Tuesday, a day after touring devastated communities. He says the lack of housing is "going to be a big, big issue for us coming up in the next few days."
Quinn singled out the small community of Brookport in far southern Illinois, where the storm hit a trailer park.
Quinn said those left homeless there are "very, very poor" and need assistance.
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