[r85] Rep. Pond: 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 - Allen County is one of 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven).


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 Carroll, DeKalb, 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.


"We had a lot of flooding from our three rivers," said Rep. Pond. "So many homes and land have suffered from tremendous water damage. For people who do not have insurance to cover this damage, this aid will be necessary for many severe weather victims as they repair damaged property."


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.