Brown announces storm cleanup funds for southern Ohio

May 29, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday announces new resources which will help nearly 20 Ohio counties continue large scale cleanup and recovery efforts following severe storms and winds that caused damage across Ohio between June 29 and July 2, 2012.

Following the severe weather last summer, National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds have assisted with cleanup and recovery efforts. Brown said the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will receive additional NEG funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support dislocated workers to assist with ongoing cleanup efforts in counties in Ohio affected by severe weather.

“Last summer’s severe storms left many Ohio families and small businesses hurting,” Brown said. “This funding will help small businesses, families, and communities throughout southeast Ohio while putting Ohioans to work.”

The $15,438,000 grant will create temporary jobs and extend the project to complete the remaining road repair and debris removal—specifically, the cleanup of streambeds and waterways clogged with debris from the storms that still pose a threat for future flooding. Affected counties include: Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Licking, Logan, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry, Putnam, Vinton and Washington.

According to Kim Carver, Director of Scioto County Emergency Management Agency, the summer storm knocked out power to 1,000 people within the county. Terri Flora, Director of Corporate Communications of American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio, compared the cost of damage from those storms to Hurricane Ike in 2008, with estimates as high as $61.8 million to restore service.

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