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Gov. Requests Federal Aid For Six Counties

Posted On March 09, 2012
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Tornado damage on Versailles Street in Holton, Indiana. Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Governor Mitch Daniels has requested federal assistance for six Indiana counties hit by tornadoes a week ago.

 

On Thursday, the governor sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking the aid for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

 

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency determined a total of 187 primary residences were destroyed and 88 received major damage in those counties.

 

According to a notification from the governor’s office, “Last weekend, the governor declared a disaster emergency for those counties and Gibson, Harrison, Posey, Shelby and Vanderburgh counties. The federal disaster request does not currently include Gibson, Harrison, Posey, Shelby and Vanderburgh counties because damages there are less extensive than previously reported.”

 

Those excluded counties and others could be added later.

 

In the letter to the president, the governor specifically has requested implementation of the Individual Assistance Programs, which can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. If FEMA individual assistance is granted, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans also will be available.

 

Daniels could amend the state’s request to ask for public assistance, once damage to public infrastructure is known. Those grants could reimburse state and local governments for repairs.

 

LINKS:

 

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SDMS Sending School Supplies To Tornado Victims

 

Salvation Army In Holton Thurs., Fri.

 

Red Cross Opens Client Assistance Centers

 

Funeral Announced For Second Holton Victim

 

Rep. Frye to Host Disaster Relief Meeting

 

IDHS, FEMA Assess Holton Tornado Damage

 

Holton Tornado Donation Surge Continues

 

Funeral For Tornado Victim Tuesday

 

ISP Give Tornado Donation Tips

 

Tornado Cleanup Underway In Holton

 

NWS Confirms EF3 Tornado In Holton

 

IDHS Gives Latest On Tornado Response Efforts

 

US 50 Closed In Holton Saturday

 

Tornadoes: “It Hit Before We Knew It”