“This is bad,”said Dorene Hojnicki, director of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency. The flooding has been “pretty devastating,” she said. An official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency joined Hojnicki and the executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Joe Wainscott, Saturday evening outside Honey Creek Middle School.
“What struck me was how wide spread this flash flooding was and the scope of it,” Wainscott said. “I don’t know that I remember anything as wide spread as what I’ve seen.” The first step in getting federal assistance after a disaster is for local emergency officials to assess the damage, said Mike Smith, a federal coordinating officer with FEMA. Local officials feed their assessments to state officials who can then request federal aid, he said.
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