The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is working with the 11 counties that were denied federal disaster assistance following the spring storms that spawned tornadoes and torrential rains that left parts of the state flooded. Decatur, Debois, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Lawrence, Monroe, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties will now gather additional storm damage reports so it can file for an appeal.
“We felt like we had sufficient damage that would qualify us and make us eligible for a major declaration, but apparently FEMA saw it differently,” said Arvin Copeland, IDHS Director of Emergency Response & Recovery.
Copeland said Hoosiers can report any uninsured, unreported damage caused by storms or flooding beginning April 18 by contacting their local emergency management agency. Copeland said the agency will send the appeal to President Obama once all of the new information is added to the request.