U.S. Senators Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar today urged President Bush to agree to Governor Daniels' request to declare Indiana a Major Disaster Area to speed relief to the Hoosiers working to rebuild in the wake of Sunday's devastating tornado. On Sunday, November 6th, a tornado tore through Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana, killing at least 22 Hoosiers and injuring more than 160, in the deadliest tornado to hit Indiana in 30 years.Neither Bunning or McConnell have press releases online yet.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families in our state and with our neighbors in Kentucky who lost loved ones during Sunday's devastating tornado," Senator Bayh said. "The images on television have shown America the depth of destruction caused by the tornado, but they also show the resilience and sense of community that we experience every day in Indiana. Neighbors coming together to help each other and volunteers traveling across the state to lend a hand -- it's all part of what it means to be a Hoosier and what will help see us through this terrible disaster. My office stands ready to help in any way possible, and I will continue working with Senator Lugar to urge President Bush to declare Indiana a federal disaster area, so that Hoosiers have the full support they need to rebuild."[...]
In letters to President Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Senators Bayh and Lugar outlined the devastation to hit the region over the weekend and stated their support for Governor Daniels' request for federal aid. The senators also outlined the damage caused by the F-3 tornado, including destroyed homes, damaged businesses, and power outages. In the letter, Bayh and Lugar emphasized that a timely response is crucial to helping families and businesses recover from the tornado.
Ernie Fletcher declared Munfordville as a state of emergency.
Early estimates place damage costs in Hart County from the tornado at $2.1 million. According to damage assessments, 44 homes and two businesses in Munfordville suffered major damage, 34 homes and six businesses had minor damage and 25 homes were deemed uninhabitable.I did hear from a friend of mine tonight. The tornado passed by his house but they had no major structural damage and that they are alright.