Some Indiana counties may qualify for federal assistance to pay off some expenses from the first winter storm in January.
Vanderburgh County is one of 49 counties eligible to apply for aide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The aide could cover up to 75 percent of eligible expenses.
Cliff Weaver, director of the Evansville Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency, said the county spent $750,000. Weaver said counties had to spend $625,000 to apply.
Weaver said the figure includes street repairs, snow and ice removal and a $50,000 insurance deductible the EVSC owed after sprinkler systems froze and broke in schools.
He said the Water and Sewer Utility spent half a million dollars combating the winter weather. Director Allen Mounts said the high cost is mainly due to the amount of water main breaks crews dealt with.
Mounts said the utility’s maintenance budget is in the red and the federal assistance would at least put the utility ‘on level ground.’
Officials may not hear if they will receive the grant for several months.