SE Ohio Counties Receive Federal Flood Cleanup Funds

By
Bethany Venable

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Updated Fri, Jun 29, 2012 12:47 pm

More than $12 million in federal money will go toward funding storm cleanup efforts in Southeast Ohio.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the $12,193,752 National Emergency Grant today.
 
The money will to toward 1,400 temporary jobs to help with cleanup and recovery following storms and flooding that struck the region between April and May 2011.
 
"While primary roadways and damaged public facilities have been largely restored, this funding will assist with the ongoing cleanup of waterway blockages that pose flooding risks to public infrastructure, while also providing temporary work to those in need of employment," said US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
 
The funds are awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and cover 15 counties: Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington.
 
The money is supplemental funding added to an already released Labor Department grant of $16,233,360 which was awarded in August 2011.
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