Governor Pence surveying flooding in three communities

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Gov. Mike Pence is surveying flood damage in three central Indiana communities swamped with floodwaters following torrential rains.

Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement Saturday as he surveyed the flooding and damage in Howard, Madison and Tipton counties: "We have begun the process of assessing the damage so we can offer guidance to our Indiana Department of Homeland Security. While we must wait until damage assessments are complete to determine eligibility for disaster loans, our administration will do all we can to support the victims of flooding in their time of need.

"Today we saw what we see in the face of every disaster Hoosiers face: people helping each other and communities coming together to rebuild stronger than ever before. We will stand by the victims of the floodwaters and together we will make these communities whole again."

Pence flew by State Police helicopter early Saturday afternoon to Kokomo, where he was greeted by the city's mayor and U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks.

Brooks will fly with the governor to Tipton and then Elwood. The pair will meet with the mayors of both of those two cities.

Denault says Pence's visit to the three communities is the first step toward determining if a disaster declaration might be needed after between three and five inches of rain fell across parts of the state Thursday.

A Hamilton County man died Friday and a second man remained missing Saturday after floodwaters swept away their vehicles.

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