FEMA To Provide Winter Storm Aid To 19 Counties

FEMA is granting Indiana's appeal to help pay for the expenses counties incurred during winter storms earlier this year.

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Photo: Indiana National Guard (Flickr)

Indiana National Guard members help an Anderson citizen move her car during winter storm operations in early January.

Nineteen Indiana counties that suffered from extreme winter weather this January will receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after it granted Governor Mike Pence’s appeal.

Earlier this month, FEMA denied Indiana’s request for assistance to help recover from winter storms that crippled the state at the start of this year.

Pence appealed the decision and Tuesday, the federal government granted that appeal for 19 of the 49 counties Indiana requested assistance for.

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 described the process as arduous but says the outcome is good news for Hoosiers.

The state can also now request assistance for additional counties.

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

The counties denied assistance include Allen, Benton, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Howard, Jay, Johnson, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Rush, Shelby, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Warren, and Wells.

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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