(CNN) Illinois plans to resubmit its application for federal disaster assistance. FEMA denied the state help after the tornado outbreak that struck the region two weeks ago. Senator Dick Durbin says that's because the state didn't have enough time to tally all the damage. FEMA is now giving the state a second chance.
"I'm confident at the end of the day that people in southern Illinois are going to get the assistance, which they need, from Washington. I'm hoping we can move on this as quickly as possible. We're going to play by the rules. And following the rules, I have no doubt at the end of the day we're going to have this declared a federal disaster area." said IL Senator Dick Durbin
Durbin says the new application should be resubmitted in a matter of days. Five southern Illinois counties have requested federal help.
FEMA aid gives residents access to low interest loans and grants to rebuild.