Three new Disaster Recovery Centers opened in Northern Indiana this week to help residents still dealing with aftermath from this year’s floods.
The centers operated by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are intended to help those seeking federal assistance for flood damages. Center workers are available to help navigate resources and assist with registration.
Erin Rowe with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security said out of thousands of people affected by the floods, only about 900 people have registered for assistance.
“The big thing right now that I strongly encourage, is just registering,” Rowe said, “Register online, if you can’t do it online, then those centers are there to help support you as well.”
The South Bend location at Leighton Plaza is the second center to open in Michiana, following Friday’s opening of one in Elkhart on Oakland Avenue. Both the South Bend and Elkhart offices are two of three permanent locations statewide. The third permanent location is in southern Indiana.
The other location to open this week is in Lake Station, at Polk Elementary School. Non-permanent locations will be open anywhere from weeks to months. Mobile stations are also available, and will be traveling across the state to reach as many people as possible.
More information, including maps of where to find Disaster Recover Centers, is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website. An app is also available for both Android and Apple smartphones.