"Gov. Mitch Daniels has directed state agencies to act quickly to provide relief to Hoosiers affected by the recent severs weather," Department of Natural Resources Director Robert E. Carter Jr. told The Brazil Times. "In issuing this emergency rule, the DNR is expediting the process of rebuilding communities hardest hit this week.
Normally, projects for reconstruction of bridge and culvert crossing damaged by floodwaters, removal of logjams and debris from waterways and the stabilization and the repair of stream and riverbanks eroded by floodwaters requires a permit under Indiana Code 14-28-1.
Carter said citizens, communities and local officials would be able to clear away debris from waterways to eliminate further flooding and make necessary repairs to roads, bridges and culverts without dealing with red tape.
"Gov. Daniels provided all departments involved in helping communities during this catastrophic event with a clear direction," Carter said. "He wants us to help people get back up on their feet as soon as possible."
Until Oct. 1, 2008, permit requirements are lifted for 29 counties in Indiana, including Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Monroe, Ohio, Owen, Ripley, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo and Wayne.
Some conditions still apply with regards to the equipment and methods that can be used during reconstruction, debris removal and stabilization. A complete list of the emergency rule guidelines is available at the Emergency Rule-Flood link at the DNR website, www.in.gov/dnr.
Earlier this week, Carter was witness to the damage across the state while riding along with a unit of the Indiana National Guard in a Black Hawk helicopter.
"There is a lot of devastation out there," Carter said. "It is hard to speculate how many people have been affected by this."
With his home in Clay County, Carter said he's seen flooding in the area before, but nothing like what is currently happening around the county. He was able to drive around the county to get a closer look at the local damage.
"I've been in law enforcement for years, and I've seen flooding from the Eel River before, but this time its bad," Carter said. "There's a lot of water out there and it has really taken a toll. Clay County really needs a break from all the rain."