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Indiana Encourages Residents To Report Storm Damage Online

Local and federal agencies are conducting additional damage assessments to determine whether the state can receive federal aid after last month's tornadoes.

Walls are now windows in Michelle Steelman's house, where she has lived for 27 years.

Photo: Jashin Lin / WFIU

The walls caved in on Michelle Steelman's house when a tornado swept through Kokomo.

To make a better case for why the state should receive federal assistance after last month’s tornadoes, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is asking residents to report property damage online.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week denied the state’s first request to declare Howard County a disaster area. That declaration would have made its residents eligible for grants and low-interest loans to help them rebuild after tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes in the area on Nov. 17.

The state Department of Homeland Security is now requesting a joint damage assessment for several other affected counties including Boone, Daviess, Fountain, Grant, and Tippecanoe.

IDHS, FEMA and county emergency management agencies will also conduct additional assessments in Howard County beginning Monday.

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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