(STATEHOUSE) August 6, 2008 - On Monday, state Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) met with Putnam County Commissioners and John Ruckelshaus from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to announce and discuss federal grant money available to those unemployed due to the recent flooding who work to restore and clean up flood damage.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Putnam County Commissioners to bring dollars to the local economy and unemployed citizens while aiding in the restoration process after the recent flooding that has ravaged our area," said Rep. Thomas. "I am proud to do my part in bringing much needed aid to Putnam County."
In June, the U.S. Department of Labor provided Indiana with a $2.4 million National Emergency Grant for temporary employment for workers impacted by recent severe weather to assist in recovery efforts, including the clean-up, demolition, renovation and reconstruction of public structures. The federal funds are being administered by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD).
At Monday's meeting with Putnam County Commissioners, Rep. Thomas summarized the program and introduced John Ruckelshaus, the Deputy of Government Affairs for IDWD. Mr. Ruckelshaus described the details of the funds and answered questions posed by the commissioners.
"Rep. Thomas was doing his job as a state representative," said Ruckelshaus. "He looked for opportunities to help constituents in his district who were affected by the flood. When he learned about the federal national emergency grant money available, he contacted us at IDWD and worked to coordinate with county commissioners."
For more information about this opportunity and other flood relief initiatives, visit http://www.in.gov/.
If you have any additional questions regarding disaster aid and deadlines, visit www.in.gov/gov/3889.htm or contact Rep. Thomas through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841.