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April 3, 2014

Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Some local government leaders are frustrated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down Indiana's aid request from the severe winter storm that hit the state in early January.

State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain nonprofit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.

The FEMA decision is the third time in the past year it has rejected storm aid for Kokomo, which also had severe flooding and tornado damage during 2013.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight tells WTHR-TV says the city's estimated $750,000 in January storm costs will cut into planned road projects.

Mayor Dennis Tyler tells The Star Press that FEMA should be denying assistance requests from all states if Indiana doesn't qualify from the winter storm.

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