Gov. Pence requests federal aid for severe winter storm in early January

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 7, 2014)—Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal assistance for government and some non-profit organizations in 49 counties following the severe winter storm that hit the state the first week of January.

On Jan. 10, Mayor Greg Ballard signed a formal request for disaster assistance following the week of harsh winter weather from Jan. 5-9. The second highest single-day snowfall in history followed by 34 consecutive hours of sub-zero temperatures caused the City to spend millions of dollars in cleanup and recovery efforts.

“This was a severe, prolonged winter storm that started the 2014 calendar year with a budget-stressing situation,” said Governor Pence. “Local and state governments’ financial responsibility during this type of response and recovery can be enormous. The grants we’re applying for would go a long way toward replenishing local government funds, and directly alleviate further burden on local taxpayers.”

Federal grants have been requested for the following counties: Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White and Whitley.

If the grants are approved, they would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses including debris and snow removal, emergency protective measures such as search and rescue, and damage to buildings and equipment.