Indiana Governor Seeks Federal Aid to Cope with Flood Recovery

May 1, 2018

 

The Elkhart river floods into American Park
Credit Michael Linville / WVPE

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb formally requested federal assistance for counties affected by February's flooding.
 

The disaster request, from the Governor’s office, addressed to the President of the United States, was sent out Friday, after the state was granted an extension to gather information.

 

The request gives an in depth analysis of the damages caused by historic floods that wreaked havoc statewide. The Governor’s Office documented in the request that people in 48 counties reported damages through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

 

St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart and LaPorte Counties were among the most affected counties in Indiana, seeing damages to property, roads, as well as injuries and a fatality.

 

The Governor’s office reports nearly 2,000 homes were affected across Indiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates those damages to total about 20 million dollars.

Individual assistance programs would provide grants for temporary housing and home repairs if approved.

The report notes that flood insurance isn’t typical for Hoosiers and most homeowner policies don’t cover floods.

The full letter is available here.