We Like IKE – The Calm After the Storm

    In the Fall of 2008 the Midwest experienced massive flooding in the wake of Hurricane Ike which left its mark from the Gulf of Mexico to Minnesota.  Flash flooding and high water from the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers wreaked havoc, damaging homes, property and infrastructure.

    Congress passed the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. Law 110-329) on September 30, 2008 appropriating $6.5 billion through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for “ . . . necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure, housing, and economic revitalization in areas affected by hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters occurring during 2008 for which the President declared a major disaster . . .”  The purpose of this disaster funding was to financially support projects that FEMA or other sources cannot fund, but which are nevertheless critical to recovery.

      Eligible activities for the Public Infrastructure Program are water/sewer systems, storm drainage systems, levee systems, generators for public utilities, and roads and bridges.      

     Heneghan & Associates, P.C. worked with the City of Staunton and the City of Jerseyville in putting together Public Infrastructure Grant applications for storm sewer improvements, applying for funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s  (DCEO) “Disaster Recovery Ike Action Plan” on January 31, 2011.

      On May 4, 2011, DCEO sent out letters announcing these grant fund awards:  The City of Staunton was awarded $750,000 for storm sewer improvements along Olive Street and the City of Jerseyville was awarded $750,000 for storm sewer improvements along Curtis-Adams Street.  $750,000 was the maximum amount of grant funding that could be requested of the Public Infrastructure application,

     With these improvements, future flooding caused by heavy rains in these areas will be greatly reduced.  Homes and businesses will no longer have to worry about flooded yards and water in their basements year after year; roadways will drain faster and be safer for driving.

     We congratulate Jerseyville and Staunton on receiving this funding.  If you are seeking grant funding, Heneghan & Associates, P.C. can help you find the right funding source and help you through the application process.  Call us today at 618.498.6418.