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2/19/2013 2:30:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrenceville awarded 'IKE' planning grant
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Acting Director Adam Pollet has announced that 55 local governments, including Lawrenceville, will be receiving $6.2 million from the "IKE" Disaster Recovery Planning Program (IKE-PLP) to assist Illinois communities develop long-term disaster plans.

From southeastern Illinois, Lawrenceville will receive $100,000, Casey $75,000; Cumberland County $150,000, Arcola $42,500, Marshall $100,000, and Martinsville $35,000,

The IKE recovery program is named for Hurricane Ike, the 2008 disaster that ranks among the costliest hurricanes to make landfall in the United States.

"Many Illinois communities were hit hard by Hurricane IKE," Pollet said. "The IKE-PLP funds will help develop plans that will prevent the kind of devastation we experienced in 2008. There is a great need for this kind of planning throughout the state, especially in our small- and mid-size communities where adequate resources may be lacking."

The IKE-PLP is part of Governor Pat Quinn's economic agenda. In partnership with the federal government, these DCEO grant awards will allow communities to engage in comprehensive planning at the local and regional levels in order to guide long term recovery and redevelopment and to minimize future damage from natural disasters. Funds will support the development and adoption of forward thinking community plans that reduce existing or future damage in disaster-risk areas.

Specifically, the plan must:

• Analyze the impact of the floods of 2008 on the area, paying special attention to the areas and groups that were most adversely affected, and the kinds of "unmet" needs that were created by the storm either directly or indirectly (e.g. infrastructure, housing, economic development, etc);

• Put forth principles/policies to address those identified needs;

• Outline strategies designed to mitigate or minimize future disaster damage; and

• Address sustainable planning principles.

Funding for the projects will come from the state's IKE Disaster Recovery Program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered on the state level by the DCEO.

Illinois received a total of $193.7 million in federal disaster funds under IKE to assist communities within 41 Illinois counties recover from devastating floods and storms in 2008 and minimize the impact of future disasters.


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