N E W S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 8, 2012
CONTACT: Dana Kazel, Communications Manager
218-725-5049 (office) • 218-591-2219 (cell)
St. Louis County Board to honor employees for outstanding work during, following flood
The unprecedented rains and flood of June 2012 caused widespread damage and created challenges unlike anything that’s been experienced in recent memory. In St. Louis County, the flood event affected more than 3,000 square miles, damaging 670 miles of paved highways and 760 miles of gravel road. Four bridges were destroyed and 70 others were damaged and closed for repairs.
Despite the devastating conditions, no human lives were lost, nor were there any serious injuries. And less than four months later, great progress has been made to repair the damaged public infrastructure. Of 94 roads that were closed on June 22, only five remain closed today.
This Tuesday, October 9, the St. Louis County Board will honor the many county employees who delivered outstanding service during and following the flood. A special recognition ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the County Board room, immediately preceding the regular board meeting.
“Never has there been a situation that better demonstrated the hard work and dedication of St. Louis County employees,” said Peg Sweeney, Commissioner for the 5th District. “We had employees working long hours, employees from certain departments pitching in to help other departments; there were even some who canceled vacations because of the work that needed to be done.”
Added Steve O’Neil, Commissioner for the 2nd District, “When you look at the damage that occurred and the progress that’s been made, it’s really astounding. This was a real team effort, and it’s because of everyone’s hard work that we were able to go to the legislature with comprehensive, accurate data for the special session and get the results our citizens needed.”
On Tuesday, the County Board will recognize 26 individuals from the Land and Minerals, Planning and Community Development, Information Technology and Public Health and Human Services Department, as well as the Assessor’s Office. Employees from Public Works, Environmental Services and the Sheriff’s Office will also be recognized at separate events later in the week.
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