Indiana appeals FEMA denial of storm assistance

INDIANAPOLIS - Despite the record $57 million spent by the state during Indiana's harsh winter, federal authorities are still avoiding sending rescue funds our way. But the governor isn't giving up.

Gov. Mike Pence is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of Indiana's request for a major disaster declaration. The state requested funds due to the winter storm that dumped a foot or more of snow on parts of the state and plunged it into subzero temperatures.

State officials are seeking federal grants for government and certain nonprofit organizations in 49 counties to cover costs from the Jan. 5-9 storm.

If approved, the public assistance grants would pay 75 percent of expenses for damages to roads, bridges and utilities, debris removal, damage to buildings and emergency protective measures like traffic control and rescue operations. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security would work with FEMA and local agencies to document costs that could be covered.

The harsh winter cost Indiana's highway department roughly $57 million.


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