Pence requests assistance for January’s severe storm

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH File Photo)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal grants for government and certain non-profit organizations in 49 counties for the severe winter storm January 5-9.

“This was a severe, prolonged winter storm that started the 2014 calendar year with a budget-stressing situation,” said Pence in a news release. “Local and state governments’ financial responsibility during this type of response and recovery can be enormous. The grants we’re applying for would go a long way toward replenishing local government funds, and directly alleviate further burden on local taxpayers.”

The governor has requested assistance for the counties of Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White and Whitley.

Pence said federal grants for the severe winter storm for governments and certain non-profit organizations are under the FEMA designation of public assistance. If approved, the grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses including debris and snow removal, emergency protective measures such as search and rescue, and damage to buildings and equipment.

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