WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Evan Bayh and Dick Lugar have urged President Bush to declare Clay, Parke, Vigo and 23 other central Indiana counties a Major Disaster Area following a record-breaking rainfall over the Labor Day weekend. More than seven inches of rain fell in one day, creating flood waters that reached levels that have not been seen since record-keeping began in 1913.
A letter to the President from Lugar and Bayh states, "This large-scale weather pattern is the second major disaster to affect Indiana in the last two months, and has resulted in substantial damage to homes, businesses, farmland, utilities and public facilities. These severe storms have impacted public health and safety for numerous communities throughout the state. Heavy rainfalls and flooding have resulted in significant damage to public and private property, including roads, bridges and sewage treatment overflows. State agencies have been activated to assist state emergency management personnel, local governments and law enforcement agencies with flood control, traffic management, public health and debris removal, among others.
"We hope timely consideration will be given to Gov. Frank O'Bannon's request. Federal assistance is critical to helping Indiana communities and businesses recover from these severe weather events."
Bayh and Lugar contacted the President in response to Gov. Frank O'Bannon's request for aid to 26 counties.