UTICA, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared seven additional Indiana counties to be disaster areas from recent flooding after touring impacted areas along the Ohio River.

The declaration Monday added Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Jefferson, Spencer, Warrick and Benton counties to the 11 counties he named as disaster areas on Saturday.

The disaster declaration means the Indiana Department of Homeland Security can take necessary actions to provide expanded emergency services. The state must take such a step before request assistance from the federal government.

Holcomb on Monday toured flood damage in Clark, Jefferson and Dearborn counties. On Friday, he toured Elkhart and St. Joseph counties in northern Indiana.