Pence Files Appeal Following FEMA Assistance Rejection
Friday Apr 11, 2014 9:12am
By: Jim Measel
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence is going to bat for 49 counties who have been denied assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the winter storm during early January. Pence has filed an appeal after F.E.M.A. recently denied the state's request for a major disaster declaration as a result of the storm. Those seeking assistance for governments and non-profit organizations included Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley Counties.
If approved, public assistance grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage. In addition, Allen, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange and Noble Counties were requested to be designated for Snow Assistance. That designation would cover all costs associated with snow removal for the 48-hour period with the highest costs.
Noble and Whitley Counties exceeded 150 percent of their record snowfall. That makes them eligible for 72 hours of Snow Assistance. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security would work with FEMA and local agencies to document allowable expenses.