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FEMA grants state's winter-storm appeal

5 area counties to get funds; Allen, 3 others denied assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted Indiana's appeal for federal assistance to some counties for the severe winter storms that affected much of the state from Jan. 5 to 9, Gov. Mike Pence's office said today.

The declaration will allow grants to 19 counties, including Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Wabash and Whitley counties in northeast Indiana, and the state may now request assistance for additional counties, Pence's office said in a statement.

Counties denied assistance include Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange and Wells counties, the statement said.

It said Noble and Whitley counties will also receive 72 hours of snow assistance, and Huntington, Kosciusko and Wabash also will receive 48 hours of snow assistance.

The FEMA grants will pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to roads, bridges, utilities, debris removal, buildings' contents and equipment, water-control facilities, and parks and recreational facilities, as well as traffic control and rescue operations.