Harrison, Crawford among disaster areas
The State Emergency Operations Center remains available for coordination and resource support following heavy rain and storms that occurred beginning Feb. 15, causing many rivers in Indiana to overflow their banks.
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has issued a disaster declaration due to flooding for 26 counties: Benton, Carroll, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Elkhart, Floyd, Fulton, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kosciusko, Lake, Marshall, Newton, Ohio, Perry, Porter, Pulaski, Spencer, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland, Warrick and White. These counties, along with LaPorte and Noble, had county emergency declarations issued which means the county board of commissioners determined conditions were such that emergency services may not be provided to the public in a timely fashion and may be delayed. A county emergency declaration initiates county emergency plans and allows additional resources to be provided by the state to assist local response efforts.
As flood waters recede, property damage assessments are underway with state and local teams continuing to conduct assessments and gather information. Teams from the American Red Cross also are assisting in damage-assessment efforts. Indiana residents are still encouraged to report uninsured damage through the online portal located at http://bit.ly/2018rainfall.
Hoosiers impacted by flooding and in need of debris removal and sanitation assistance can contact the Red Cross, which can help residents connect with reputable and vetted relief volunteers. All services are free but not guaranteed due to an overwhelming need for assistance. Those needing assistance may call 1-888-684-1441.
Residents should report uninsured damage through the online portal located at http://bit.ly/2018rainfall. It can also be found at dhs.in.gov under ‘Featured Topics.’ The link is labeled ‘Indiana Damage Reporting for Heavy Rain and Flooding: February 15, 2018 and continuing.’
Those with flood insurance should contact their insurance providers for instructions.
The Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security has launched a virtual disaster recovery resource page that can be accessed at in.gov/dhs/4055.htm.
For more information about actions after flooding, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov, as well as dhs.in.gov/4055.htm.