Ind. appeals FEMA ruling, expands request for help

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence is again asking the federal government for assistance to help pay the cleanup costs for storm damage in six Indiana counties.

The request Monday comes nearly two weeks after the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected his request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from tornadoes and severe storms that moved through Indiana on Nov. 17.

The appeal filed Monday seeks FEMA assistance for Boone, Daviess, Fountain, Grant, Howard and Tippecanoe counties. If granted, homeowners and renters in those counties would be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest loans. Businesses would be eligible to apply for low-interest loans.

According to the appeal, 86 homes in those counties were destroyed, 226 homes sustained major damage and another 263 had minor damage.

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