Monday, June 09, 2008

Daniels Seeks Expedited Federal Assistance For Flooding

Gov. Mitch Daniels is asking President Bush to approve expedited emergency disaster assistance for 23 Indiana counties affected by weekend flooding and another 21 others which sustained storm damage since May 30. Daniels letter said:

"I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance is necessary."

According to the Star, I-70 in western Indiana closed after it reopened yesterday. Emergency repairs to the highway were failing. Flooding in Columubus and Seymour is affecting operations at Cummins at some of its production and support facilities. Columbus Regional Hosptial remains closed indefinitely after it was inundated with flood waters Saturday evening. Surprisingly, only one death has been attributed to the flooding.

UPDATE: President Bush has declared a third of Indiana's counties disaster areas. Included in the declaration are: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Monroe, Ohio, Owen, Ripley, Randolph, Rush,Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, and Wayne counties.

1 comment:

Sir Hailstone said...

Gary - A co-worker at $DAYJOB that's a Franklin resident tells me Johnson Memorial is also evacuated..

I can only assume Morgan County Hospital is in a similar situation since it sits in a low lying area near Martinsville HS.