Mayor Ballard signs request for federal aid after winter storm

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INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard signed a formal request to the federal government Friday for disaster assistance following this week’s winter storm.

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.

“While the fight to clear streets continues and the total cost of this storm is still being calculated, it is clear that our expenses exceed the requirements to qualify for federal disaster assistance,” said Mayor Ballard.  “Should the federal government grant the petition from Indy and other Central Indiana counties, we would be able to recover many of our costs of this historic storm.”

In order to qualify, Marion County must record snowfall within ten percent of its record snowfall and spend in excess of $3.16 million.  The Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security is currently tabulating costs of the storm from all units of government in Marion County, including the excluded cities and schools.  Those figures will be combined with other county costs and given to the Governor to make a disaster declaration for affected areas to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Should FEMA grant the petition, the government units in Marion County could recover costs for items such as: overtime costs for snow removal, cost of private contractors for snow removal, cost of opening evacuation shelters and evacuation costs, cost of removing snow from building entrances and repairing damage caused by the storm.

A copy of Mayor Ballard’s Executive Order can be found here: Mayor Ballard Executive Order

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