[r51] Rep. Dodge: Federal Assistance for Damage Requested (4/8/2009)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Start Date: 4/8/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/8/2009

STATEHOUSE - DeKalb County is one of 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake).


Gov. Mitch Daniels has asked for federal individual assistance for Hoosier counties suffering damage from the recent storms, tornados and flooding. The other counties on the list are Allen, Carroll, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, White and Whitley.


A federal disaster declaration would qualify residents in these counties for much-needed aid.  The governor requested individual assistance programs, including the individual and household program, disaster housing, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and small business disaster loans.


"Many people in northern Indiana took a beating from the March storms and flooding," said Rep. Dodge. "These people need help. However, many are unemployed and are struggling already. I hope Gov. Daniels' federal requests are answered and these Hoosiers can get back on their feet."


Northeast Indiana was rocked with storms on March 8 that brought three tornados, heavy rainfall and substantial damage.


Gov. Daniels has indicated that he may request assistance for additional counties if further heavy damage is identified.