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County left off FEMA’s snowstorm aid list


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Nineteen Indiana counties will receive grant funds to reimburse expenses from cleaning up after a January snowstorm, but Johnson County isn’t one of them.

The Federal Emergency Management agency recently reviewed an appeal from Gov. Mike Pence after the organization denied paying out any disaster relief earlier this month. Across the state, 49 counties spent about $14.5 million to clean up after a Jan. 5 snowstorm that blanketed most of the state.

The federal agency will now pay out grants to 19 of the 49 counties. Johnson County was not included on the list. Boone and Morgan counties are the only two counties in central Indiana that will get reimbursements. In Johnson County, the county, cities, towns and schools spent about $536,000 to pay for overtime for plow drivers, road salt and equipment when the snowstorm dumped about a foot of snow across the county. The grants would have reimbursed those local governments for 75 percent of the costs.

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