Ballard files for federal disaster aid for storm cleanup costs

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has filed a formal request for federal dollars to alleviate the cost of cleaning up this week's winter storm.

The request states that Sunday's snowfall, the second-highest single day snowfall in Indianapolis' history, followed by 34 consecutive hours of subzero temperatures cost the city millions in cleanup 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."

The mayor's office said that in order to qualify for federal aid, Marion County must have recorded snowfall within 10 percent of record amounts and spent in excess of $3.16 million in cleanup and recovery costs.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is currently calculating costs all the storm from all units of government in Marion County.

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