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