INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2008) -- Governor Mitch Daniels was informed late this afternoon that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the city of Columbus with a $530,598 Community Development Block Grant to assist with the city's recovery from severe flooding in June. The governor and HUD Secretary Steve Preston spoke by phone about the grant last week.
"We approached Secretary Preston to ask for more help for Columbus and HUD has responded. In conjunction with our outreach and that of our federal representatives, I know how much the people of Columbus appreciate this assistance," said Daniels.
Many homes and businesses, the Columbus Regional Hospital, and public infrastructure were damaged during the flooding that affected much of central and southwestern Indiana in June. The city plans to use the funds to assist in the repair and restoration of low and moderate income housing that was lost in the flood.
"Governor Daniels and his team have been tireless in their efforts to help the state recover from this terrible tragedy," Preston said. "We are pleased to support the state and community efforts to rebuild."
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