Muncie and Delaware County declare local disaster emergency

With water still receding from last weekend’s storms and the potential for more rain this weekend, Delaware County and the city of Muncie have declared a local disaster emergency.  The proclamation signed by Muncie Mayor Sharon McShurley says a local disaster began on February 28th and included flash flooding, heavy rainfall, and snow melting effects.  Jason Rogers is Delaware County’s Emergency Management Director.

Rogers on Emergency Declaration

Rogers also says the disaster declaration is the first step in possibly getting state and federal aid money to help residents pay for damages.  He encourages people in Delaware County to contact their local towns, the county, and the state to report damage.  With this weekend’s storm forecast of two more inches of rain, Rogers says area business and homeowners should also be prepared for more flooding.

Rogers on More Rain

Rogers says sandbags are available at local fire departments in case of heavy rain.  In addition, he says drivers should not try to drive on roads that are flooded.

Reporting storm damage
Delaware County residents are asked to call their local towns and fill out this state form:  Indiana State Department of Homeland Security form

Muncie residents can also report water damage and sewer backups directly to the Muncie Sanitary Department by calling (765) 213-6412.


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