WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fifteen southeast Ohio counties received new federal resources to support the large scale clean-up and restoration for recovery efforts following record amounts of rainfall in southern Ohio during April and May 2011. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will receive additional National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support dislocated workers to assist with ongoing clean-up efforts in counties in Ohio affected by severe weather.

“Last spring’s severe storms left many Ohio families and small businesses hurting,” Brown said. “This funding will help small businesses, families, and communities throughout southeast Ohio while putting Ohioans to work.”

Following the severe weather in Spring 2011, NEG funds have assisted with clean-up and recovery efforts. The $12,193,752 grant—the fourth installment of NEG funding— will create additional temporary jobs and extend the project for 12 months to complete clean-up work at new sites that have been identified as the project has unfolded.  The project will also be extended for an additional 12 months, in order to complete the expanding recovery efforts. The geographic areas covered by this funding are the counties of Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington.

In July 2011, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the counties were eligible for additional federal resources because of flash flooding and severe storms in April and May 2011. Brown led the Ohio Congressional Delegation in a letter to President Obama in support of Governor Kasich’s request for a disaster declaration for southern Ohio counties.