The county has received a grant of up to $340,000 from the 2008 Indiana Natural Disaster (ND) Fund, which was established through a $45 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., to the Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW).
"This grant will help repair levees damaged by the flood last year," Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders told The Brazil Times. "Many of the farmers had to pay for repairs out-of-pocket and it is exciting to receive the funds to help them out."
This grant is part of Cycle Four of Round Two funding, which totaled $15,838,663, across nine Indiana counties.
"It takes time for people and communities to recover from the worst Indiana disaster in 100 years," IND Fund Chairman and IAUW Board Member Larry Welker said in a press release in reference to both the June and September 2008 floods in the state. "Our reviews recognize a range of recovery work that is needed even a year after the flooding. We have worked hard to coordinate with the state and other funding sources."
Sinders told The Brazil Times some funding for levee repair had been provided by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), but not necessarily for all projects.
"There have been numerous levee projects we have helped the farmers work on for about 10 months," he said. "The NCRS paid for some of the repairs, and this grant will help make up the difference in the cases where some funding had been provided and others which did not receive precious funding."
Factors determining grant awards included local needs, available resources, the scale and type of damage, local demographics and other funding commitment. IND Fund Round Two composed of four application cycles, and funding was distributed in order of the hardest-hit counties and the level of need.
Other counties receiving funding during Cycle Four of Round Two included:
* Bartholomew County -- $4,393,892 for equipment at the community hospital,
* Jefferson County -- $13,900 for work on historic sites,
* Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties -- $10,219,235 for individual assistance,
* Putnam County $165,150 for agriculture stabilization and drainage, and
* Rush County -- $410,486 for historic sites and public facilities.
Additional projects in six other counties has been tabled pending resolution of other funding resources.
"Indiana's recovery efforts are large and ongoing," IAUW President Roger Frick said in the press release. "Over 7,500 volunteers have engaged in recovery work across the state in the last 12 months. There are Long Term Recovery Committees still at work in over 10 counties. Homes, roads, sewers and community landmarks all still need attention."
In the meantime, Sinders expressed gratitude for the hard work done across the board to provide Clay County with the necessary funding to complete recovery projects.
"How the funding will be distributed has not been set at this time," Sinders said. "However, our thanks goes to Troy Fears of the United Way of the Wabash Valley, Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband and the Clay County Commissioners for their support. This has been a team effort with all parties working together to help those who suffered financial loss from the June 2008 flood."