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Luncheon with former mayor closes out flood relief saga

December 3, 2013

A celebration of the flood of 2003 closeout was held Monday at the Evergreen Assisted Living. Seated, from left, are Rod Renkenberger, director of the Maumee River Basin Commission, former Decatur Mayor Fred Isch, and Clerk/Treasurer Phyllis Whitright. Standing, from left, are Roger Gage, Building and Zoning superintendent, Evergreen management member Sarah Aby and Mayor John Schultz. Photo by Jannaya Andrews

The flood of 2003, which will forevermore be cemented in the minds of Decatur residents, came to a financial close recently when the Federal Emergency Management Agency finalized the numbers from a federal grant and County Economic Development Income Tax that was used to perform home buyouts and help create a flood plain within the city. As reported earlier this month in the Democrat by Bob Shraluka, in 2006 the city received a $2 million federal grant, and the city used $500,000 from CEDIT monies for a $2.5 million total to help Decatur residents. Approximately 70 percent of the remaining funds, about $30,000, will go to the city with 30 percent going to the Maumee River Basin Commission. Monday’s luncheon marked the end of what proved to be a lengthy process of financial recovery for the city. Fortunately, residents recovered more quickly and have since moved on with their lives. Moved on, perhaps, but never to forget.

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