MARTINSVILLE -- Federal funding will soon be available to assist Clay County residents who are victims of the recent flooding.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administration R. David Paulison notified Gov. Mitch Daniels that President George W. Bush has approved 14 more Indiana counties for federal assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Adams, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Owen, Rush, Shelby, and Sullivan counties.
On June 11, the President took action to make funding available to affected individuals in Bartholomew, Hancock, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Vermillion and Vigo counties. Damage assessments for other counties are continuing and are being submitted to the federal government as they are completed.
On Friday, the state opened disaster centers in Martinsville, Columbus and Terre Haute.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Local residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for assistance now by registering online at http://www.fema.gov/ or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
More information about Indiana's response to severe weather may be found at this link: www.emergency.in.gov.