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9 More Counties Qualify For FEMA Winter Storm Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial assistance to several counties that sustained damage from winter storms.

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Indiana experienced a harsher winter than normal, especially in early January when storms swept through the state.

Nine more Indiana counties will receive federal assistance for help after January’s winter storm.

Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Indiana’s request for assistance to help recover from January’s devastating winter storms.

But after Governor Mike Pence filed an appeal, FEMA came through with public dollars for 19 counties.

Pence announced Tuesday his continued appeal yielded help for nine more counties – Blackford, Clinton, Fulton, Hamilton, Johnson, LaGrange, Marion, Montgomery and Vanderburgh.

FEMA will provide grants that pay for 75 percent of expenses related to road and utility damage, debris removal, damaged buildings and equipment and rescue operations.

Pence calls the FEMA decision good news for local communities, as the public dollars will help replenish millions to city and town budgets.  More counties could still receive assistance.

The original 19 counties that received assistance are Boone, Clay, Hendricks, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, White and Whitley counties.

Counties that are still being denied assistance are Allen, Benton, Carroll, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Grant, Hancock, Henry, Howard, Jay, Lake, LaPorte, Miami, Rush, Shelby, Vermillion, Warren, and Wells counties.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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