FEMA grant application gets going

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County officials may now apply for homeowner recovery funds for those along Barton Beach Road affected by last month’s flooding.

County commissioners gave Grant Administrator Laurie Wilson the permission to begin the grant application process. The county is applying for a mitigation grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant would help buyout four or five damaged homes on Barton Beach Road.

Wilson said she is applying for $250,000. She said this grant is what seemed to best suit the situation.

“Things are changing all time,” Wilson said. “We are finding out new information, FEMA is releasing new rules. So, we’re trying to comply with the latest guidance, with the help of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, that we can for our citizens.”

Wilson will send the application to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The application will then go to FEMA. FEMA will choose one mitigation grant application per state to receive the funds.

News 18 previously covered the ice jam on Barton Beach Road and spoke with residents about the possibility of a buyout. View those related stories below.

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