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Indiana seeks federal assistance for January storm

Statement as issued Friday by the governor's office and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence has requested federal grants for government and certain non-profit organizations in 49 counties for the severe winter storm January 5-9.

"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."

Specifically requested are the counties of 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 for Public Assistance.

Federal grants for the severe winter storm for governments and certain non-profit organizations are under the FEMA designation of public assistance. 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.

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