U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) today met with Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director Joe Wainscott to discuss continuing recovery efforts related to the severe weather that struck Southern Indiana on March 2, 2012.
"I appreciated receiving a detailed update from Executive Director Wainscott this morning. He outlined the ongoing work of the State in responding to the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes in Southern Indiana," Lugar said.
"My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families who lost loved ones or homes and for the strength of local communities as they are comforted by the aid of many volunteers during this time of tremendous loss."
Executive Director Wainscott reported that more than 1,250 Hoosiers have applied for federal disaster assistance and that 85 percent of debris removal is complete thanks to volunteer efforts. He also noted that most children from affected communities are back in school and that the Henryville School will likely reopen in September of this year.
Lugar visited the area on March 4 and March 10. He joined the Indiana Congressional delegation in asking the President to declare affected counties a Major Disaster Area.
For more information on disaster relief and recovery efforts, visit www.redcross.org.