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One-stop disaster assistance shops to close by week's end

A pickup truck navigates floodwaters Feb. 22 on Ind. 55, just south of the Kankakee River. The road remained closed Thursday.

John J. Watkins, file, The Times

The last days to seek help at two disaster assistance centers in Lake and Jasper counties will be Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The center at Polk Elementary School, 2460 Vermillion St., in Lake Station, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, state officials said.

The center at DeMotte Town Hall, 112 Carnation St. SE, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Residents from throughout Northwest Indiana can seek assistance at either center.

Representatives from more than 11 state agencies are prepared to help residents in need of housing support, social services, applications for unemployment insurance, public health information, transportation assistance and agricultural assistance.

Northern Indiana residents with questions after the centers close can call the state's joint information center at 317-238-1784.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared an emergency for 31 counties, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper.

The Kankakee River fell below 13 feet Thursday morning, but remained in major flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. The Lake County Highway Department plans to continue pumping water in low-lying areas until the river level falls below 11 feet.

The Indiana State Department of Health has added Porter and Newton counties to its list of counties being supplied with tetanus vaccines. Lake County also is receiving extra doses. Residents in need should contact their local health departments.

Cleanup kits remain available at local disaster assistance centers.

Residents should check with their insurance providers to determine if damage will be covered. Those with uninsured property damage can report it at A link to the portal also can be found at under Featured Topics.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security's disaster recovery resource webpage is at

To contact the American Red Cross, call 888-684-1441.

Gallery: Flooding in Northwest Indiana


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