(INDIANAPOLIS)(AP) - Gov. Mitch Daniels wants President Barack Obama to declare six southern Indiana counties a federal disaster area.
Daniels requesting federal aid Thursday for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties because of tornadoes and other severe storms last week.
Daniels says a preliminary assessment has determined 187 primary residences were destroyed and 88 received major damage in the six counties. Businesses and public infrastructure also were damaged.
Daniels specifically requested use of the Individual Assistance Programs, which can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other programs to help individuals and businesses.
Daniels says the federal disaster request does not currently include Gibson, Harrison, Posey, Shelby and Vanderburgh counties because of less extensive damage. Daniels had also included those counties in a state disaster emergency declaration.
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