Tornadoes

Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Southern Indiana

by Rick Howlett on March 12, 2012

State and federal agencies will open a disaster recovery center in southern Indiana tomorrow morning to get aid to people affected by this month’s tornadoes and other storms.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the center will open at 8am tomorrow at the Ivy Tech campus off Interstate-65.

It will remain open from 8am to 8pm until further notice.

Officials say the staff of the recovery center can answer questions about registering for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, disaster loan applications and other help.

President Barack Obama has declared a federal disaster area in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

Disaster centers are up and running in hard-hit areas of eastern and northern Kentucky.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)

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Federal Disaster Declared in Six Indiana Counties, Nine More Kentucky Counties

by Rick Howlett March 9, 2012

President Obama has declared a federal disaster in six Indiana counties following severe storms that tore through the region on March 2nd. Governor Mitch Daniels had requested federal aid for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties this week. The counties are now eligible for federal assistance, which can include grants for temporary housing […]

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Daniels Requests Disaster Declaration for Six Indiana Counties

by Rick Howlett March 8, 2012

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has asked President Obama to issue a disaster declaration for six southern Indiana counties damaged by last week’s tornadoes to make residents and business owners eligible for federal assistance. Daniels is requesting a declaration for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties. A preliminary assessment has determined that 187 primary […]

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Louisville Woman Organizing Help for Lost Pets in Storm-Struck Areas

by Rick Howlett March 8, 2012

A Louisville woman is organizing an effort to treat and shelter pets left homeless by last week’s severe weather in southern Indiana. Lisa Roedemeier has set up a network of veterinarians, shelters and volunteers to care for displaced pets and help reunite them with their owners. She says about two dozen animals are being houses […]

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FEMA Begins Taking Tornado Damage Claims In Ky. Disaster Areas

by Rick Howlett March 7, 2012

From Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in northern and eastern Kentucky, conducting damage assessments and helping tornado victims through the process of applying for federal assistance. President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for seven counties, and more areas could be added as assessments continue. “There’s no […]

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Louisville Doctor Recounts His Visit to Tornado-Ravaged West Liberty

by Erica Peterson March 5, 2012

There have been twenty-one confirmed deaths in Kentucky after tornadoes tore through the state on Friday. Seven of those deaths were in Morgan County, where the county seat, West Liberty, was leveled by the storms. Louisville resident Alex Wright is a doctor with Norton Healthcare Systems. West Liberty is his hometown, and his extended family […]

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Indiana Toddler Dies; Cleanup From Tornado Devastation Continues

by Rick Howlett March 5, 2012

From the Associated Press When rescuers found 15-month-old Angel Babcock alive last week in an Indiana field after a deadly tornado killed her parents and two siblings, it appeared as a ray of hopeful news amid the tales of death and destruction. But the New Pekin, Ind., toddler died of her injuries Sunday, bringing to […]

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In Henryville After Tornadoes, Scenes of Destruction

by Erica Peterson March 4, 2012

In southern Indiana, emergency workers are turning their attention toward clean-up after tornadoes slammed parts of three counties on Friday. In the Clark County town of Henryville the job is unimaginably huge. On the road to Henryville, you pass semi trucks and school buses turned over. A gas station is totally obliterated. And downtown, things […]

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Cleanup, Relief Efforts Underway In Hard-Hit West Liberty

by Rick Howlett March 4, 2012

From Chuck Mraz, Kentucky Public Radio With the search for further victims officially over, the cleanup of tornado-ravaged downtown West Liberty is now fully underway. Drexel Patrick is the chief of the Route 519 volunteer fire department in Morgan County. Patrick and his group mobilized quickly after the storm hit. Patrick says the massive amounts […]

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Beshear Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration; Death Toll Now 21

by Rick Howlett March 4, 2012

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the federal government for an expedited disaster declarion in the wake of the deadly storms that tore across the commonwealth Friday. Beshear’s office announced the disaster declaration request this afternoon: FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear is formally requesting an expedited major disaster declaration from President […]

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