The Ripley County Courthouse roof in Versailles was
damaged by strong storms April 19.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Thirty-two Indiana counties can get help in making repairs after strong storms blew through the state this past spring.
Governor Mitch Daniels wrote to President Barack Obama following the severe that struck beginning April 19. On Thursday, the governor received word that the President has approved 32 counties for federal public assistance.
The counties include Benton, Clark, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Dubois, Floyd, Franklin, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Martin, Monroe, Ohio, Orange, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Ripley, Scott, Spencer, Starke, Sullivan, Switzerland, Vanderburgh, Warrick and Washington.
The public assistance will allow state and local governments and certain non-profit organizations in the designated counties to apply for federal assistance to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of debris removal and repairs at public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are reviewing the request for 11 counties for individual assistance and will make a determination at a later date. Those counties are Decatur, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Lawrence, Monroe, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Vigo.
Questions about disaster assistance can be answered by your county emergency management agency. Find contact information online, http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/sanitized_compact_directory.pdf.