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A truck plows a snow-covered road after a polar vortex moved through the Midwest, leaving Elkhart County with up to 12.3 inches of snow in some areas and subzero temperatures the first weekend of January 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth)
Elkhart County not approved for FEMA assistance after January storm

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

Elkhart County is once again missing from a new list of counties that have been approved for federal assistance after January’s severe winter storm.

Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday, May 27, that nine additional counties will receive federal grants for the storm that affected much of the state from Jan. 5-9. During that time, Elkhart County received about 13 inches of snow.

Pence in March requested assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 49 counties. The request was initially denied, but Pence appealed the decision and 19 counties were granted assistance

The most recent approval means 28 out of 49 counties in Indiana will receive some form of federal aid as a result of the storm.

Over the course of the 2013-14 winter season, Elkhart County and Goshen and Elkhart city governments spent a combined total of $378,159 just in overtime hours for road crew employees.

A press release from the governor’s office states that “additional counties may be requested."