4 more counties added to Indiana disaster declaration

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Four more Indiana counties have been added to the state's disaster declaration for recent flooding and tornado damage.

The governor's office says President Bush approved the addition of Hamilton, Parke, Putnam and Randolph counties. That makes 26 Indiana counties now eligible for federal assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses.

State officials are urging residents to notify the Federal Emergency Management Agency of damage to their property as soon as possible.

Pam Bright of the state's Homeland Security Department says the sooner an initial report is made, the sooner an inspector can be sent to that property.

Those who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The phone lines are available 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.

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