Assistance For State's Third Disaster Of '08 More Than $75 Million

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Release date: 
January 23, 2009
Release Number: 
1795-059

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Hard hit in 2008, Indiana received three presidential disaster declarations for separate weather events. The last of these declarations occurred when remnants of Hurricane Ike dumped flooding rain in northern Indiana along with severe storm damage in the southern half of the state. Federal assistance for Indiana residents, businesses and public sector infrastructure affected by the Sept. 12 through Oct. 6 storms and flooding is now $75.1 million.

The assistance is in the form of grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

To date, 26,033 homeowners, renters and business owners have applied for disaster assistance.

  • $62,247,384 in grants and loans have been approved for Indiana applicants, which includes:

    • $27,971,464 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs and replacement.

    • $5,684,419 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

    • $28,591,500 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans has been approved.

  • Officials continue to calculate the hit to the state's infrastructure. To date $13,886,789 has been obligated by FEMA for Public Assistance. This money is for the repair of roads, bridges and other public facilities and to reimburse state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for debris removal and other disaster related expenses.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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