Indiana Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1476)

Incident period: July 4, 2003 to August 6, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 11, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 28, 2003
News Release
Kokomo, IN - Disaster assistance for Indiana has been expanded to include aid for local governments affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began July 4 in the counties of Adams, Allen, Carroll, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Miami, Newton, Parke, Tippecanoe, Warren and Wells, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
July 25, 2003
News Release
Kokomo, IN - Raising electrical components and heating, ventilating and cooling (HVAC) equipment above potential flood levels can provide flood protection for a home. As people are repairing homes that were damaged in the July flooding, implementing cost effective preventive measures, such as raising electrical systems, can reduce future damage from flooding.
July 25, 2003
News Release
Kokomo, IN - The joint FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center operating in Terre Haute will close at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Those affected by the disaster who still have questions about assistance or low-interest disaster loans can call the toll-free application line - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - or visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers that is still operating.
July 25, 2003
News Release
In the flooding that occurred in Indiana since July 4, some residents experienced sewer backup. Flooding can cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drainpipes. Installing a sewer backflow valve can prevent this from occurring. Backflow valves are designed to block drainpipes temporarily and prevent flow into the house. They are available in a variety of designs. A "gate" backflow valve provides a strong seal, but must be operated by hand. The effectiveness of a gate valve will depend on how much warning you have of impending flooding.
July 24, 2003
News Release
Kokomo, IN -- In just two weeks since the Presidential disaster declaration of July 11, more than $6.5 million has been made available to assist in the recovery of thousands in Indiana affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began on Independence Day.
July 24, 2003
News Release
Kokomo, IN -- The joint FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers operating in Anderson and Lafayette will close at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Those affected by the disaster who still have questions about assistance or low-interest disaster loans can call the toll-free application line - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - or visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers that is still operating.

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