Indiana City Flooding Caused $2.5M Damage, Displaced 5% of Residents

May 10, 2013

The mayor of the central Indiana city of Tipton says recent flooding has caused more than $2.5 million in property damage and a loss of as much as 10 percent in its property tax base.

Mayor Don Havens said in an impact statement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the floods also displaced about 5 percent of the city’s population of about 5,000 people.

The Kokomo Tribune reported that Havens detailed the flood impacts in the hope the community will be declared a disaster area and become for federal and state financial assistance.

Havens says the city has spent about $150,000 on flood debris removal and landfill fees from the April 19-20 flooding along Big Cicero Creek and Buck Creek and those costs could double.

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