Hoosiers Encouraged to Report Flood Damage to State

February 5, 2008

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security urged Hoosiers who were affected by recent flooding and live outside the area declared a disaster by the federal government to report any damage to the state.

The state was trying to determine whether to request additional aid after President Bush declared a major disaster in nine northern Indiana counties. The declaration made federal funding available in Carroll, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Marshall, Pulaski, Tippecanoe and White counties.

Flooding that began Jan. 7 along the Tippecanoe River and other streams killed three people, including two children, and caused more than $33 million damage. More than 800 homes were damaged Daniels said in his Jan. 23 aid request to Bush.

Phil Brown, interim director of Indiana Department of Homeland Security emergency response division, urged residents outside the federally designated disaster zone to report severe weather damage if they hadn’t already.

“It could add to the scope of federal aid, and could mean a lot to you and your neighbors,” he said in a release.

Residents were asked to call 866-210-1925, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to report damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was accepting calls from residents who suffered damage from January’s storms and lived within the nine counties that already qualified for federal disaster aid at 800-621-3362.

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