INDIANAPOLIS | The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected Gov. Mike Pence's request for funds to cover a portion of the snow removal and public safety expenses incurred by 49 Indiana counties — including Lake, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper — during the Jan. 5-9 severe winter storm.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday it will appeal the denial.
Pence sought federal public assistance grants to reimburse local governments and some nonprofit organizations 75 percent of their eligible storm-related costs.
Porter County was not included in the request because it did not experience record snowfall and its cleanup costs were below FEMA's minimum threshold for reimbursement.