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Governor Requests Federal Aid For Howard County After Storms

Federal disaster relief could be on its way to Howard County in the wake of November’s devastating tornadoes.

Damage from the Kokomo tornado.

Photo: Jashin Lin, WFIU/WTIU

Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster estimates more than $2.8 million will be needed to meet the needs in Howard County.

Governor Mike Pence made an official request for federal assistance today for Howard County, where nearly 200 homes were either destroyed or sustained major damage in last month’s storms.

Almost a thousand homes in the county took on at least some damage.

“Having seen firsthand the damage in Kokomo and Howard County, as well as other communities throughout Indiana, we are committed to helping Hoosiers recover from November storms,” Pence said in a statement.

If the disaster declaration is approved, Howard County residents would be eligible for grants they can use to pay for temporary housing and home repairs. Individuals and businesses could also apply for low-interest loans.

Disaster relief organizations estimate at least $2.8 million will be needed for Howard County.

Pence says if the Howard County request is approved, the state could ask for federal help in other counties, including Daviess, if damage is severe enough.

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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