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Pence seeks federal disaster declaration for Howard County

191 homes destroyed or with major damage from Nov. 17 storm

Gov. Mike Pence has requested a federal major disaster declaration for Howard County, which includes Kokomo, following heavy damage in the county from tornadoes and severe storms Nov. 17.

Nearly 1,000 homes in the county have sustained damage, including 191 that were destroyed or have major damage, Pence's office said in a statement.

If approved, the statement said, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as other programs to help people and businesses recover from the disaster. Small Business Administration loans also would be available.

"We are committed to helping Hoosiers recover from the November storms...," Pence said in the statement. "If Howard County is approved, we will have the opportunity to request assistance for additional counties if damage warrants."

Besides Howard, Daviess, Fountain and Grant counties all declared states of disaster emergencies after the storms.