President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for Indiana on April 15 that makes federal funding available to people affected by the severe storms and tornadoes from March 31 to April 1, according to the presidential action.
People in Allen, Benton, Clinton, Grant, Howard, Johnson, Lake, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Sullivan and White counties can receive grants for temporary housing, home repairs and low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, according to the action. More counties in Indiana and additional forms of assistance may be designated after damage assessments in other areas are completed.
At least three people in Sullivan County and two people in Owen County died after the severe storms and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. There were 23 tornadoes in Indiana during the March 31 and April 1 storms. The annual statewide average is 22 tornadoes per year, according to the National Weather Service.
FEMA’s Brian Schiller was appointed to coordinate federal recovery operations.