DRA provides $42,000 in emergency funds to restore gas service to Crossville after tornado

April 24, 2017

CROSSVILLE, IL. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has provided $42,000 in emergency funding to help the Village of Crossville restore gas service to more than 300 residents after a tornado ripped through the area.

“Last month I traveled to Crossville to meet with Illinoisans that were devastated by the tornado and to survey the damage it caused,” Governor Bruce Rauner said. “I can say with certainty that DRA’s emergency funding will substantially help this resilient community get back on its feet, and I thank the organization for its commitment to restoration efforts.”

The telemetry system at Crossville’s water tower also was destroyed and affected water service to 566 customers. DRA’s investment will allow the entire telemetry system to be replaced.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin also expressed his appreciation for the support with recovery efforts. “Thanks to this funding from the Delta Regional Authority, the residents of Crossville were able to get back on their feet in a quick and timely manner following devastating storms,” said Senator Durbin. “I will continue working alongside the DRA to ensure Illinois’ communities have access to the critical federal resources they need to thrive.” 

Local leaders welcomed the swift response from DRA.  “The Village of Crossville is thankful that the DRA has the ability to act quickly and decisively to make an emergency investment in our town,” said Village President Henry Feldmann. “The Village’s gas regulator station was destroyed and our residents were without gas for two days before these restorations.”

DRA is committed to helping communities get back on their feet quickly after disasters, an important part of the agency’s goals. “This investment demonstrates that one of our basic goals at DRA is to help communities across the Delta make important basic infrastructure improvements as quickly as possible in response to disasters,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged federal resources into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment for local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workforce improvement, and infrastructure development projects. DRA investments have helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs, train more than 7,300 workers for 21st Century jobs, and deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 66,000 residents. Learn more at dra.gov.


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