INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) Local governments and certain non-profit agencies would get help in paying for some of the costs associated with the early January snow storm if the grant request by Governor Mike Pence is approved by FEMA.
“This was a severe, prolonged winter storm that started the 2014 calendar year with a budget-stressing situation,” said Governor Pence. “Local and state governments’ financial responsibility during this type of response and recovery can be enormous. The grants we’re applying for would go a long way toward replenishing local government funds, and directly alleviate further burden on local taxpayers.”
The 49 counties included in the request for the storm that hit on January 5 are Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White and Whitley.
If approved, the grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses including debris and snow removal, emergency protective measures such as search and rescue, and damage to buildings and equipment.