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FEMA Denied Appeal For November 17 Tornado Relief
Updated January 9, 2014 6:24 AM
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(DAVIESS CO.) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the appeal by state officials to try and bring relief to victims of the November 17 tornado.

The Washington Herald-Times reports that state officials had originally asked for federal aid for Howard County, but that was turned down last month. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security then filed an appeal that also included damage from Daviess, Boone, Fountain, Grant and Tippecanoe counties.

Paul Gross with the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency is disappointed with the decision, but not surprised. He says with the more rigid guide lines the county did not meet the guidelines.

The EF-2 tornado in Daviess County damaged more than 100 homes and businesses as it swept from Maysville Road down Business 50 and along Sycamore Street.

The November 17 storm produced 29 tornadoes in Indiana, the second largest tornado outbreak in state history, but Indiana will receive no federal assistance.

Even though there may not be any federal assistance coming to storm victims the state may be able to help some of them. Officials are waiting to see what programs will become available.

The state Department of Homeland Security is now making its own assessments to try and get aid to tornado victims and for d for public agencies that responded. Cities, counties and publicly owned utilities around the state spent millions on clean-up and repair efforts. There is no word on when that application will be filed.

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