While Allen County officials are seeking state and federal reimbursement for tax-funded cleanup work after Friday's storm, individual homeowners also could qualify for assistance.
The state Department of Homeland Security is asking residents affected by the storm to fill out an online damage assessment that could lead to a federal disaster declaration and money for those hit hardest.
Depending on the amount of property damage in Allen County, state officials could ask President Obama for a disaster declaration. State and federal officials would then inspect damaged properties to find out if the community needs help recovering from the storm.
Homeowners can fill out the online damage report at the state Department of Homeland Security's website, in.gov/dhs.
At Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's request, the Allen County Commissioners this week also plan to seek a separate disaster declaration that would reimburse local governments for cleanup efforts.
The commissioners must declare a local state of emergency before county governments or homeowners can qualify for help.