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Start date for bridge replacement in flux

Monday, July 7, 2008

The start date for replacing a bridge and two culverts in Clay County is still in limbo.

The Clay County Commissioners initially discussed the replacements in a special meeting on June 23, but were waiting to start work on them until they received more information about how much, if any, assistance or reimbursements could be received.

They are still waiting.

"We attended a meeting last week and met the FEMA representative for Vigo and a couple of other counties, but not ours," Commissioner Paul Sinders said during Monday's regular meeting. "We found out later in the meeting that there has not been a representative set for Clay County."

Sinders said he was told a FEMA representative should be appointed for the county by the end of this week.

"We need to wait for someone to be appointed before we start working on the areas of need," he said. "I don't want to start work on something and possibly lose out on assistance because we didn't find all of our options first."

The bridge is located on County Road 100 South, one-quarter mile west of CR 600 W in Perry Township, One of the culverts that was washed out was over Little Birch Creek along CR 600 N, just west of CR 300 W in Posey Township, while the other is across Clear Creek in Perry Township on CR 200 S, between CR 425 and 525 W. With the culvert washing into the woods on CR 200 S, approximately 100 feet of the road collapsed.

While the information for the bridge and culvert is not available yet, FEMA is moving forward with some assistance.

"Most of the assistance from FEMA is 75 percent," Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said. "However, we recently received word that for the overtime put in by law enforcement, fire departments and work on closed roads, FEMA will be covering 90 percent of the cost.

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