In the wake of this weekend’s powerful thunderstorms, the Porter County
Commissioners granted an emergency disaster declaration for the southern
part of the county.
Al Hogan addressed the commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting after the
“terrible storms caused extreme damage.” Hogan said downed trees and debris
in the rivers could cause serious flooding issues and endanger some bridges
if they aren’t addressed immediately.
The declaration doesn’t grant any money for aiding in the cleanup, but
allows officials to clean the area without going through the normal permit
processes. It will allow cleanup crews to temporarily close roads and do
what is necessary to improve water flow and eliminate obstructions.
The disaster area was declared county-wide, south of Indiana 8.