Gov. Pence surveys 3 flood-damaged counties

First step to determine disaster declaration

KOKOMO, Ind. - Gov. Mike Pence will survey flooding in Howard, Madison and Tipton counties Saturday afternoon.

Pence will travel to Kokomo by helicopter to meet Mayor Greg Goodnight.

He will then fly to Tipton to meet Mayor Don Havens.

Pence will wrap up the tour and meet Mayor Ron Arnold in Elwood.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault said Pence's visit to the three communities is the first step toward determining if a disaster declaration might be needed after between three and five inches of rain fell across parts of the state Thursday.

"We have begun the process of assessing the damage so we can offer guidance to our Indiana Department of Homeland Security. While we must wait until damage assessments are complete to determine eligibility for disaster loans, our administration will do all we can to support the victims of flooding in their time of need," Pence said.

Pence vowed to stand by victims and help make the community whole again.

Sen. Joe Donnelly also toured the damage to the Tipton community.

"Too many Hoosiers have had to evacuate their homes and places of business during this extreme flooding, and I wanted to see firsthand how I might be able to help," Donnelly said. "I encourage all Hoosiers to report any damage on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's website so they can assess the best way to move forward."

A Hamilton County man died Friday and a second man remained missing Saturday after floodwaters swept away their vehicles.
Officials said those in need of emergency food, clothing, shelter, basic care or other support can call a toll-free number at (888) 684-1441.
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