Indiana is among the states leading the nation when it comes to managing federal disaster aid. Hoosier officials took the spotlight at a housing and urban development conference on the issue in Fort Worth, Texas. They say Indiana got more than $400 million in Community Development Block Grants after the state suffered numerous natural disasters in 2008.
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman says the funds not only brought relief, but are also being used for future disaster planning. As a result of the grants, 82 Indiana counties were eligible for infrastructure improvements including revitalization of dams and levees, improvements to drinking and sewer water systems as well as storm water drainage and completion of various community development projects.
Funds also led to the creation of 592 jobs through disaster recovery economic development program and the prevention of future flooding through strategic planning for flood prone areas. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs does much of the work and administers Indiana’s Disaster Recovery Program.