Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 7, 2014

FEMA rejects Indiana.'s appeal of tornado aid request


Associated Press

---- — INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government has rejected Indiana's appeal seeking federal aid for six counties hit by tornadoes and other severe weather in November.

The state Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency had denied the state's appeal seeking federal aid for Boone, Daviess, Fountain, Grant, Howard and Tippecanoe counties.

Indiana had requested federal aid for Howard County on Dec. 4 in the wake of tornadoes and straight-line winds that hit that central Indiana county on Nov. 17 and caused extensive damage in the city of Kokomo.

After FEMA denied that request, state officials appealed that decision in a Dec. 23 filing that added storm damage in Boone, Daviess, Fountain, Grant and Tippecanoe counties to its request.

State officials say FEMA has now rejected that appeal.

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