Federal agencies evaluating storm damage

Officials from Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are conducting preliminary assessments in 29 Indiana counties to evaluate damage from severe weather and flooding from June 7 to July 29.

Brown, Decatur and Jennings counties are among those being evaluated.

The damage assessments are a key part of a multi-step process to determine whether Indiana qualifies for the FEMA public assistance program, which reimburses governments and certain nonprofits for eligible expenses.

If approved, the grants pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to roads, bridges, utilities, buildings’ content and equipment, water control facilities, parks and recreational facilities and others, as well as debris removal and necessary traffic control and rescue operations.