Starke County Named in Disaster Declaration

Flooding occurred after a levee break on the Robbins Ditch. Photo by Becky Pulver.

Governor Mitch Daniels has issued a disaster emergency for 34 counties due to severe weather that caused widespread damage to homes, businesses and public property beginning April 18th.

Affected counties experienced flooding, damaged roads, downed power lines and other severe damage. The Executive Order includes Starke County, which is the only county in the northern part of the state to be included. Starke County EMA Director, Ted Bombagetti, told WKVI that the levee break on the Robbins Ditch was included in the claim along with a levee break by the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife area outside of North Judson.

As more claims come into the state Emergency Operations Center, the disaster declaration may be expanded to include more counties. This declaration allows the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to take actions needed to provide expanded emergency services and to request assistance from the federal government.