INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana is stepping in to provide disaster relief to Hoosiers turned down for federal help. The money will go to those affected by this summer’s severe flooding.
Individuals in 27 counties impacted by summer flooding were eligible to apply for federal Small Business Administration loans. But the state estimates that more than 100 Hoosiers were turned down – and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is putting up more than $300,000 to help those people.
Hoosiers turned down for the federal loans can apply for the state dollars until late January, which will provide checks of up to 25 hundred dollars. Any money left over after that cutoff date will be given out to those whose claims exceeded the relief cap. Indiana was previously denied access to FEMA aid because the federal agency said the state was hit by two storms, not one, and its damages weren’t enough to qualify for help.
The 27 counties are Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Blackford, Brown, Clark, Delaware, Grant, Hendricks, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Randolph, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.