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Last updated on Friday, January 30, 2009
(UNDATED) - It’s too soon to tell whether Indiana will seek a federal disaster declaration, following a winter storm that dumped up to 13 inches of snow and an inch of ice on the state.
36 counties have declared snow emergencies, but those declarations are linked to whether it's safe to travel on the roads. Disaster aid is linked to financial damage.
Governor Daniels says the state's department of homeland security is compiling damage estimates now. He says the most serious problems appear to be with the utility companies struggling to restore power to an estimated 120,000 people in Southern Indiana. Some residents may be blacked out till Monday.
Daniels doesn't plan to visit Southern Indiana to view the aftermath of the ice storm, but says he's considering some kind of recognition ceremony for state highway workers, for what he calls tremendous work in minimizing road closures.
President Obama has declared disasters in Kentucky and Arkansas.
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