Updated Fri, Apr 20, 2012 11:49 am
New federal resources will help continuing clean-up efforts in 15 southeast Ohio counties following severe weather that struck the region last year.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the third and final increment of a $7,733,360 National Emergency Grant to Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services on Thursday.
The grant will continue funding approximately 700 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with ongoing cleanup and recovery efforts following the severe storms and floods that struck southeastern Ohio between April 4 and May 15, 2011.
"Southeastern Ohioans are still recovering from the damage inflicted by the severe storms and floods of the spring of 2011," said Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor. "The additional federal funding announced [Thursday] will provide much needed assistance so residents can rebuild their lives and communities and, at the same time, offer jobs to those in need of employment."
The funds will be used to employ individuals in Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington counties.