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Hamilton Co. declares disaster, will seek federal funds

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HAMILTON COUNTY (Jan. 9, 2014) – Hamilton County will declare a disaster because of the winter storm.

The Board of Commissioners has already signed the paperwork. Full ratification will be made at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioners made the decision after consulting with local municipalities, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Hamilton County Emergency Management and other local officials.

There is no current estimate on the total cost of the storm, but Hamilton County officials said ice and snow caused extensive damage to both private and public property. More than a foot of snow and subzero temperatures made it very difficult to clear the streets. The county was under a travel warning for several days, which meant no one was supposed to be on the roads except for road crews and emergency workers. Schools, government offices and businesses also had to shut down for multiple days. Several school districts were still closed Thursday.

The declaration allows local government officials to seek reimbursement of costs associated with the storm from the federal government if a presidential disaster is declared.