Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher announces funding for Elizabethtown

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 09, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $32,500 State Flood Control grant for Elizabethtown.  The grant will be used to for the Hawkins Drive and Pear Orchard Watersheds. 

            “It is important that we protect our communities from the dangers of flooding,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I am pleased to award the city of Elizabethtown with this funding that will help create a plan to keep citizens safe.”

            Flood Control funds will be coordinated with other funds, including funding from the Corps of Engineers, in order to generate a master plan for the two watersheds to prevent the flooding of Freeman Creek.

            “Flooding can destroy the home and lives of families,” said Senator Elizabeth Tori.  “After the recent tragedies that we’ve witnessed, this funding is all the more important to Elizabethtown.”          

            The Corps of Engineers is providing $65,000 and the city of Elizabethtown is providing $32,500 for this project.

            Representative Mike Weaver noted, “This funding will help to prevent thousands of dollars in potential property damage that can occur with flooding.  I'm pleased the General Assembly and Fletcher Administration worked together to fund this project."             "We are very thankful for the assistance the Governor's Office for Local Development is providing to assist with flood control within the City of Elizabethtown,” said Hardin County Judge/Executive Harry Berry.  Elizabethtown city officials have been diligently working to improve storm water management and associated flooding throughout several portions of the city.  The $32,000 in funding provided by the Governor's Office for Local Development will be a strong shot in the arm toward bringing those improvements to fruition."

            The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program provides grant funding to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the United States Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from flood prone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures above the floodplain.  The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.  Funding is available to cities, counties and special districts.  The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.