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Porter County Commissioners praise flood response

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners had praise Tuesday morning for departmental responses to the recent flooding and their collaboration.

Commissioner President Jeff Good, R-Center, began with an update of the situation. “I think all of you are pretty well aware that in the last three weeks the County has experienced quite a bit of flooding. It has been a record event,” he said. “We’re still out assessing damage. We can’t asses a lot of the damage until the water recedes. We already have a couple bridges that have failed. We still have a few roads out.”

Good also reported that the Commissioners held a special meeting on March 1 to declare a local emergency. The dollar amount of the damage done is still being estimated, but federal aid will likely be available.

Good praised responses by County Engineer Mike Novotney and his department, including new junior engineer Chelsea Bradford. Highway Department Supervisor Andy McKay and his staff also received special recognition, along with Stormwater and Plan Commission Director Robert Thompson and Porter County’s new director of Emergency Management, Lance Bella.

Good and Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, agreed that this flooding event has been a lesson in prevention and preparedness. “Our people really stepped up, helped out, and made the best they could of a not so great situation,” Blaney said.


Posted 3/14/2018





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