[r20] Rep. Dermody: Department of Natural Resources Extends the Emergency Rule for Flood Damage Recovery (4/2/2009)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Start Date: 4/2/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/2/2009
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2009) - Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) announced today that the Department of Natural Resources has temporarily suspended permit requirements for construction activity and debris removal caused by the flooding of the Kankakee and Yellow rivers. The extension will last 12 months.       

This will allow time for the Natural Resources Conservation service to complete dozen of flood-related projects it began under its Emergency Watershed Project program.

"I appreciate the DNR stepping in and extending a solution to help our local communities," said Rep. Dermody. "This allows the agricultural community to continue work on solving this critical issue without having to wait on the bureaucracy of a permit. We have to work together to solve flooding issues so we can make sure we're keeping our communities safe."

Under normal conditions, the construction activities and debris removal addressed by the emergency rule would require a permit. The emergency rule reauthorized Wednesday provides an exemption to that permit requirements through March 31, 2010, for the following types of projects:

  • Reconstruction of bridges and culvert crossings damaged by floodwaters
  • Removal of logjams debris from the channel of a waterway
  • Stabilization and repair of stream banks eroded by floodwaters