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Putnam disaster request denied for ice storm-related funds

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Apparently, community-crippling ice storms are not disasters, just epic inconveniences, according to the federal government's definition.

That much can be deduced after a federal disaster assistance request was denied Wednesday for Putnam and 38 other Indiana counties relative to this past winter's ice storm, authorities announced.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Wednesday informed the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) that a request for federal assistance concerning damage occurring from the Jan. 31-Feb. 4 ice storms in Indiana has been denied.

In addition to Putnam County, IDHS had requested federal public assistance for Benton, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Jay, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Starke, Sullivan, Tipton, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren and Wayne.

Federal assistance would have meant that state government and local governments and certain non-profit organizations in the 39 counties would be eligible to apply for federal assistance to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.

For example, the City of Greencastle recently totaled up its expenses involving just the project to dispose of limbs that fell as a result of the ice storm. That cumulative cost came to $19,999.96 (and that was before gasoline prices jumped to nearly $4 per gallon).

The city had hoped to recover 75 percent of the cost of those unbudgeted expenses. Now, however, it will have to find another way to adjust the Department of Public Works budget to make up for the $20,000 spent in the aftermath of the ice storm.

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Can't repair roads on empty funds...plan on several roads that are paved and full of craters to be turned back to gravel! It is what it is,people....

-- Posted by kubotafan on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 5:56 AM

Unions NEED to be scrapped, and this decision came from the federal level. This is YOUR party saying no, regardless how you want to spin it.

Besides, Washington already sent $25 million in aid that could have been used HERE, to Libya...thanks BO!

Socialism doesn't work, 2012-Change it back.

-- Posted by stranded67 on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 11:06 AM

Oops, the taxable revenue from tobacco sales and local manufacturing paychecks was needed after all... and the Syrian has no plans of helping you, he's stuffing a coffer in his bid for the Obama mansion.

-- Posted by westforty on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 2:54 PM

Thanks for reposting something you found on Facebook, Benedick. very helpful. The fact is, fixing unions is one part of fixing the whole problem, which is that minority groups are in charge of the majority.

-- Posted by Clovertucky on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 10:34 AM

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