Residents of Clay County may be able to get some assistance for flood damage caused during recent storms.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband is asking area residents to inform him of damage from floodwater and ground water, as the county may be able to add them to an application for disaster assistance.
"Vigo, Vermillion and Sullivan counties declared disaster due to the recent flooding," Husband said. "While Clay County did not have enough damage to declare a disaster of its own, we are allowed to add ours on to the application because we are a surrounding county."
He also said this is the first time in three years the county has had the opportunity to apply for assistance, and wants to emphasize the type of damage eligible for assistance.
"This is for home and business owners who suffered water damage from rising ground water during the storms, not if the wind blew off part of a roof and rain damaged the interior or other wind damage," Husband said.
While unsure if assistance will come from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security or FEMA, Husband said even those who have insurance may provide information for potential assistance.
"Keep in mind, those with full coverage are not eligible, but those with partial coverage are and any funds received could possibly also go toward deductibles," he said.
Husband urges everyone, even those with minor damage such as flooded crawlspaces, to contact the Emergency Management Office to report it. He plans to go out to assess damage for all those who contact him in order to create a larger list of homes and business in need.
"I even need those who have already contacted me once to do so again so I can schedule an assessment," Husband said. "This is not a guarantee that we will receive assistance but the more we get, the better our chances."
He hopes to complete the list as soon as possible, preferably by the end of next week, and encourages residents to inform their neighbors and friends of the potential assistance.
"If we get the word out to everyone we can, especially those in low-lying areas, we can hopefully maximize the amount of assistance we can get," Husband said.
To provide information about flood or groundwater damage resulting from recent storms, contact the Clay County Emergency Management Office at 812-446-2535 ext. 156.