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FEMA Denies Indiana Winter Storm Assistance

Indiana asked the federal agency for assistance in cleaning up after winter storms hit the state in January.

national guard member in snow

Photo: National Guard

The National Guard assisted people who slid off the road during the snow storm in the beginning of January.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying Indiana assistance to help it recover from winter storms.

Indiana requested assistance for 49 counties last month that sustained damage from the storms that swept through the state in early January.

Those counties included: 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.

If FEMA had approved the request, the federal government would have provided local governments and nonprofits financial assistance for debris and snow removal, emergency protective measures such as search and rescue, and damage to buildings and equipment.

The state plans to appeal the decision.

“The process is we are now going to reach out to additional counties, check the counties that provided more information and look for more eligible costs so that we can bump up our numbers and meet the FEMA threshold so that governments,  in large pockets of the state will get some assistance,” says John Erickson, Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman.

Erickson says some counties were not able to provide the state with damage assessments in time for the original application deadline.

This is the second time within the past year, FEMA has denied the state assistance.

FEMA also rejected Indiana’s request for assistance to clean up after more than two dozen tornadoes hit the state in November. That request applied to assistance for individuals.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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