U.S. Department of Labor Announces $3 Million Grant to Minnesota to Assist in Flood Recovery

Sep 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from U.S. Department of Labor

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of
 Labor today announced a $3 million grant to Minnesota, with an initial
 release of $1 million, to create approximately 300 temporary jobs to assist
 in the cleanup and recovery efforts taking place as a result of recent
 flash flooding.
     "This $3 million grant will create nearly 300 temporary jobs for
 Minnesotans to help in the cleanup and reconstruction of their communities
 due to the recent flash flooding," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L.
 Chao. "In addition, these funds may also be for job training for workers
 who have lost jobs due to the flash floods and need new job opportunities."
     On August 23, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared
 the counties of Fillmore, Houston and Winona eligible for FEMA's Public
 Assistance program as a result of heavy rains that caused flash floods in
 those areas. On August 24, FEMA amended the declaration to add the counties
 of Olmstead, Steele and Wabasha.
     The grant, awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and
 Economic Development, will be used to create temporary jobs to assist in
 projects related to cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and
 reconstruction of structures and areas affected by flooding. Workers
 eligible to apply for the temporary jobs include those dislocated as a
 result of the floods, other dislocated workers, and the long-term
     Following the completion of temporary employment projects, funds may
 also be used to provide retraining services to workers who are unable to
 return to work as a result of the damage caused by the flooding.
     National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's
 discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet
 specific guidelines. For more information on National Emergency Grants,
 please visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor