Breaking News

Local News

April 25, 2013

EMA to seek federal disaster designation

LOGANSPORT — Cass County emergency management officials and representatives from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security inspected several areas of the county Tuesday to assess the impact of recent rainfall.

Officials accompanied by representatives of U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita’s office looked at some 17 or 18 houses that suffered major damage from flooding along Pipe Creek, Deer Creek and the Wabash River, said Alvin Beckman, Cass County EMA director.

Locations along Lincoln Pike and in Onward also sustained water damage, he said. Trailers located along the Wabash were considered to have sustained major damage if they had water inside them, Beckman added.

“What we did today is being conducted statewide in all the counties where we’ve had the flooding,” Beckman said Tuesday. State officials hope the federal government will designate flooded parts of Indiana as federal disaster areas, he said, and make disaster funding available for homeowners who have to carry out repairs.

Based on the number of homes he’s seen damaged — and the number he’s heard of across the state — Beckman expects the area will get federal disaster designation.

“My gut feeling is there’s going to be enough just because of the severity of what happened over in Kokomo and Howard County,” Beckman said.

He encouraged other homeowners whose residences sustained water damage to call the county EMA office at 574-722-2484 so he can assemble a more comprehensive roundup of the damage.

If the area is declared a federal disaster zone — something that probably won’t happen for one to two weeks — representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will set up a temporary field office in Cass County and begin assisting homeowners with applications for federal disaster assistance, Beckman said.

That usually happens within two to three days of an area being declared a disaster zone, he said.

Should the federal disaster designation be received, local government agencies such as the EMA, highway and streets departments and emergency responders will also be eligible for federal funding to cover the costs of responding to the disaster situation.

In the meantime, Beckman urged residents to dry out their belongings as thoroughly as possible and begin repairs from water damage.

“They are encouraged to go ahead and start cleaning things up, but just document how much time, how much cost was involved in making repairs, stuff like that,” Beckman said.

“If you just had minimal damage, like a carpet got wet, make sure that gets dried completely through, because if you don’t then you start getting into problems with mold.”


For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 16, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 16, 2014

  • Superintendent of Ind Ed 05 [Duplicate] State Superintendent Glenda Ritz visits Peru, discusses new standards PERU -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said Tuesday she is comfortable with the quick pace at which new academic standards are moving from concept to classroom. The Indiana Department of Education released a final draft of new

    April 16, 2014 4 Photos

  • NWS-PT041614 Flora Doc1.jpg Flora physician remains after health group's departure FLORA -- The safe at a downtown bank building, once used for protecting cash and valuables, is now stocked with medical supplies. The former bank office on East Main Street became Flora Family Medicine last month after it was made possible for one lo

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS-PT041614 Rob Visher.jpg Nashville musician will play to raise funds for Emmaus A Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School student's senior project will come to fruition this Saturday with an interactive live music show to benefit a local charity. When Morgan Barger, a senior at Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School, set out to plan her senior project

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Police blotter: April 15, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 15, 2014

  • Fry sentenced to 55 years, $10K fine Loren Fry, 78, was sentenced today to 55 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of murder last month in the 2011 deadly shooting of Dave Schroder, a 76-year-old Logansport man. Three members of Schroder's extended family took the st

    April 15, 2014

  • Lotus Scarf NOT TONED Logan native's scarves on QVC Bobbi Benish loves wearing scarves in stylish knots. Her problem? The knots kept falling out. That's what the Logansport native set out to solve with a modified scarf she developed, called the Easy-Style Lotus Scarf. It's also the latest addition to

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blood drive to honor Kathy Dingo Kathy Dingo felt strongly about giving back to the Logansport community. And now, the community has a chance to do the same in her honor. A blood drive will be held in Dingo's memory from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. The date of the blood drives

    April 15, 2014

  • NWS-PT041514 farmers market 1.jpg Farmers market starting in Flora FLORA -- Carroll County is getting its own farmers market this summer. A pair of volunteers are launching a once-a-month market this summer for produce and artisan vendors that has already generated significant interest among local residents. "We do

    April 15, 2014 4 Photos

  • NWS-PT041514 Pets3.jpg Keeping tabs on the cat population For every one person born, 10 kittens are born. And if you ask Dr. Tess Peavy, a veterinarian who visited Logansport Monday with the Neuter Scooter, that math doesn't work. But with the work Peavy and her assistants did Monday, the math is looking be

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos