A final funding request that would have extended the National Emergency Grant was denied, spelling an end to a 16-month-old program.
The state of Ohio had petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor for additional NEG funding for multiple counties, including Logan. Such an infusion of funds could have kept the grant operating through the end of 2014.
Instead, the grant program has ceased operations and will not be able to complete its goal of clearing all the debris and log jams from the Great Miami River between the spillway at Russells Point and the village of DeGraff.
Approximately 3,000 cubic yards of debris was removed from waterways affected by straight line winds that occurred during a series of high wind events in 2012. Another 1,700 cubic yards of wood chips were processed, grant managers report.
During a recent NEG-related meeting, Logan County Commissioners agreed that work performed by NEG crews helped water levels at Indian Lake drop faster following flooding that occurred there in January.
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