STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2009) -Fulton, Pulaski, Jasper and White counties are among the 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville).
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, DeKalb, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lake, Marshall, Noble, 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.
Severe storms on March 8 spawned three tornadoes, high winds and torrential rainfall. Almost eight inches of rain fell during a 72-hour period in some locations. Heavy rain on frozen and partially frozen ground quickly led to flooding.
Gov. Daniels has indicated he may request assistance for additional counties if further heavy damage is identified.