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Assistance in the form of federal grants could be coming to Elkhart County to help pay for the response to the early January 2014 winter storm. (J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth)
Elkhart could get federal grants to recoup winter storm expenses

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal grants to help local government and nonprofit groups recover from severe winter weather.

The grants would help agencies in 49 counties, including Elkhart County, recover from the winter storm that hit the area Jan. 5-9 this year, according to a news release from the governor's office.

“Local and state governments’ financial responsibility during this type of response and recovery can be enormous," Pence said in the news release. "The grants we’re applying for would go a long way toward replenishing local government funds, and directly alleviate further burden on local taxpayers.”

If approved, the grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses including debris and snow removal, emergency protective measures such as search and rescue, and damage to buildings and equipment.

Pence requested grants for the counties of Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White and Whitley.