Rep. Bell: Federal Assistance for Damage Requested

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 7:00 pm

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


Rep. Bell: Federal Assistance for Damage Requested

STATEHOUSE - Allen, Noble and Whitley counties are among the 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla).

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, Pulaski and White.

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.

"Families and businesses in District 83 are in very difficult situations through no fault of their own, and all they want to do is get their normal lives back," Rep. Bell said. "These programs can help patch the tears in the fabrics of their lives and businesses, and I hope they can get it as soon as possible."

Northeast Indiana was rocked with tornados and heavy rain on March 8, causing wind damage at the time and flood damage in the aftermath.

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