STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2009) - Jasper and Lake counties are among the 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso).
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, Fulton, Kosciusko, 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.
Daniels indicated further damage may be identified and reserved the right to request assistance for additional counties.
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. Mitch Daniels has indicated he may request assistance for additional counties if further heavy damage is identified.