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November 19, 2013

Governor Pence tours tornado damage

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“I was shocked when he came up,” said Reba Quiggins. “It feels like he’s interested.”

The governor stopped and talked with contractors working to put the pieces back together before making his final stop at the Taylor family home at 304 Sycamore. “I was really surprised,” said Phyllis Taylor. “There was the governor and the mayor and the congressman on my front yard. I have never had that many officials here before. It’s uplifting to know people in authority care about you.”

After the tour the governor stopped and reflected on what he saw. “It breaks your heart,” he said. I understand the attachment people have to a neighborhood. It’s going to be a long way back for these folks. We can pick-up. We can clean up and rebuild. We are going to work closely with the mayor on the damage assessment. We’re going to do our part to help Washington, Indiana rebuild.”

To get that done may take some federal assistance. Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon says that was the reason he joined the governor on the tour. “The engagement of the governor is important and if FEMA gets involved we will do all we can to smooth that process. It’s important for both our office and the governor to get first hand knowledge of the extent of the damage, so we can relate it properly to federal officials.”

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