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Disaster Relief Comes to Northwest Indiana

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Federal aid will be coming to Northwest Indiana residents whose homes were damaged in last week’s flooding. Chicago area residents are still hoping for aid as well.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross are setting up three assistance centers in Lake County, Indiana.

Starting tomorrow, the centers will begin helping thousands of flooded Northwest Indiana homeowners obtain relief.

President Bush this week declared Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties disaster areas, which frees up money.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a one-time Bush staffer, requested the declaration.

Nearly two weeks after the heavy rains, some areas in Gary and Lake Station remain flooded.

Overflow from the Little Calumet River did most of the damage.

The head of an agency that oversees construction of a levy system along that river is being pressured to resign.

Critics say the levy system should have been completed years ago.

Meanwhile, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is asking the president to declare seven counties disaster areas, including Cook and DuPage, where more than 500 homes were heavily damaged and 10 homes destroyed.

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