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ETA News Release: [06/19/2008]
Contact Name: Terry Shawn or Jennifer Kaplan
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676 or x5052
Release Number: 08-828-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor announces $2.4 million grant to help Indiana cleanup and recovery from severe storms and flooding

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $2,400,000 grant to the state of Indiana to fund the creation of approximately 200 temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery efforts underway as a result of recent severe storms and flooding.

"This $2.4 million grant will provide temporary jobs for workers to help Indiana communities recover from the recent storm and flooding damage," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "A portion of the grant will help residents with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter."

On June 8, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared 29 counties in Indiana as eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance program. Those counties are: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo and Wayne.

The grant, awarded to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, will provide funding to create temporary employment on projects that provide cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged structures and public lands within affected communities. Funds also will be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit

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