- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

CLINTON, Ind. (AP) - Clinton is celebrating the completion of a $1.6 million project to control flooding that has plagued the small western Indiana city for more than 70 years.

“We are happy to say that it is working,” Mayor Jack Gilfoy said at the event Friday, just days after a heavy rain. “Previously that 5-inch rain would have been in their (residents’) yards and in their basements.”

The two-year project widened and deepened Feather Creek, a narrow stream that runs through the heart of Clinton before draining into the Wabash River. Flooding problems dating back to 1939 affected dozens of homes in the city of about 5,000 residents about 20 miles north of Terre Haute. The flooding led to many homes along the creek being abandoned over the years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided about $1.1 million toward the project, while the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs added about $500,000. The city paid about $35,000, the Tribune-Star reported (http://bit.ly/1ym8jZN ).

Kristy Jerrell, formerly with the West Central Indiana Economic Development District, was instrumental in securing the federal and state funding as well as easements from property owners.

“I’m so excited that this day has finally happened,” said Jerrell, who now runs a grant-writing and planning business. “We are very glad to see the project finally completed and to give the residents of the city of Clinton a little bit of peace of mind. Every time it rains, they don’t have to worry about their homes flooding.”

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Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com

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