FEMA to help pay for Monroe County storm damage

Indiana counties in the disaster zone determined by the federal government can now receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of the costs of storm damage repair and cleanup.

The disaster declaration covers damage accumulated from severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred April 19 and between April 22 and May 2 of this year. It also covers the cost of flooding from April 19 to present time.

In addition, all counties in the state are eligible for federal funding β€œon a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures,” according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency press release.

The disaster declaration only provides assistance to local government and some non-profits.

FEMA is reviewing requests from individuals seeking temporary housing and low-cost loans to help repair damage to private property in the area.

Residents who are interested in making a request for assistance should contact the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency at 812-349-2546 or the State Office of Disaster Recovery at 317-234-4302.

β€” Zach Ammerman

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