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Gov. Daniels Declares Disaster Emergency In 11 Counties

Last updated on Monday, March 5, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Gov. Mitch Daniels declared a disaster emergency on Sunday in 11 southern Indiana counties damaged by severe storms and tornadoes on March 2.

A spokeswoman for Daniels said he issued an executive order declaring a disaster emergency in Clark, Gibson, Harrison, Jefferson, Posey, Ripley, Scott, Shelby, Vanderburgh, Warrick and Washington counties.

"I think we were as ready as possible. The Weather Service and others gave lots of warning. I didn't talk to anybody who wasn't fully aware that terrible storms were on their way. People did the best they could to take shelter and then the reaction afterwards was the fastest we've ever done. When Mother Nature decided to work her wrath on mere mortals, you remember how inadequate, sometimes the best of human action can be," Daniels said.

Department of Homeland Security officials said they would conduct a full damage assessment before making a recommendation to the governor about a request for federal assistance.

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