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July 2, 2013

Counties eligible for disaster funds

State money will help cover some flooding costs.

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“The governor is trying to provide as much relief as possible,” Lake said. “What the county receives will depend on whether or not the state accepts the damage done to the drains.”

Lake said the cost is being recalculated to include overtime and regular hours worked by county employees on flood relief.

Tyler Moore, president of the Howard County Board of Commissioners, said the county anticipated receiving some assistance from the state once it became clear funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency would not be available.

“This is absolutely good news,” he said. “I’m sure we will put the funds to good use.”

The city of Tipton spent approximately $400,000 as a result of the April flooding.

“We’re not sure how much we can recover from the state,” Mayor Don Havens said. “The state will come back and determine how much assistance the city will receive.

“We’re pleased to get some help,” he said. “I’m happy the taxing unit will receive some assistance, but disappointed we couldn’t garner more assistance for the individual property owners.”

The Indiana State Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2003 to provide assistance to individuals and local governments that may not be eligible for federal disaster assistance, but meet the state’s criteria for disaster relief.

Individual assistance from the State Disaster Relief Fund began immediately following the implementation of low interest federal disaster relief loans and is ongoing.

To date for the April flooding, there has been a total of $398,590 issued to Hoosiers for individual assistance. A total of $541,438 has been processed for payment.

Fees from retail fireworks sales provide the funding for the State Disaster Relief Fund.

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