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Gov. requests tornado relief

Gov. Mike Pence requested a federal major disaster declaration for Howard County, his office announced Wednesday.

Portions of Howard County, including its county seat Kokomo,were devastated by tornadoes and severe storms on Nov. 17., according to a press release from Pence’s office.

Officials have identified severe damage to homes and businesses in Howard County.
The declaration would include grants and low-interest loans for citizens and businesses.

“Having seen firsthand the damage in Kokomo and Howard County, as well as in other communities throughout Indiana, we are committed to helping Hoosiers recover from the November storms,” Pence said in the release. “According to FEMA standards, the damage in Howard County gives us a starting point for a major disaster declaration request. If Howard County is approved, we will have the opportunity to request assistance for additional counties if damage warrants.”

About 1,000 homes sustained damage in the county, and 191 homes experienced major damage or have been destroyed.

According to an estimate by Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, about $2.84 million will be needed for assistance in Howard County after the declaration is made.

If the declaration is approved, residents may be able to receive grants for temporary housing and home repairs.

— Matt Stefanski

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