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Governor Declares Disaster Emergency for Flooded Counties

The state of Indiana will begin working next week with FEMA to assess damage in 34 southern Indiana counties after Governor Mitch Daniels officially declared a disaster emergency Wednesday.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division Director Arvin Copeland said now that flood waters have begun to recede, the state can begin assessing the damage.

“Preliminary damage numbers that we have indicated on our online reporting system is up to 36-million dollars of public infrastructure damage and I suspect that number to climb,” Copeland said.

He said, so far, the only type of federal assistance requested involves money to repair things like roads and bridges… but he said personal and business damage assistance may be on its way soon.

“We’re also looking at those types of damages to see if we can meet the threshold to ask for a declaration to help individuals out, also,” Copeland said.

The threshold for federal assistance is based on county population and financial impact of the damage. The list of 34 counties might also be expanded to include more counties as damage assessments continue.

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