Department for Local Government
Webster County receives grant for storm clean up, repairs

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 30, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear and the Department for Local Government (DLG) today announced a Flood Control Matching Grant to assist Webster County with cleanup and repair costs resulting from the severe storms and flooding that struck the county on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 and the ice storm that occurred in January 2009.

The Flood Control Matching Grant for $42,819, combined with local cash and in-kind contributions and a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, will fund the removal of debris and creek rock from five local creek areas, cleanup mudslides and stabilize the creek banks using rock and cement to prevent further erosion and future flooding. 

“In the past two years, communities all across the Commonwealth have been repeatedly battered with storms and flooding,” said Gov. Beshear.  “The clean up and repair costs have taken a hit on local government budgets and Webster County is no exception.  This grant will assist with the continuing clean-up efforts from two devastating storms, and will also help protect public and private lands from future flooding and erosion.” 

The state’s Flood Control Matching Grant Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, assists state and local governments with the conservation of soil, water and other natural resources.