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Councilwoman Green receives “2010 Perseverance Award”

Tuesday June 1, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

For her efforts in helping residents of District 1 recover from the Flash Flooding of August 2009, Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) has been presented the 2010 Perseverance Award given by the United States Small Business Administration.

“I am humbled by this honor,” said Green. “Many families are still in the process of getting their lives back to normal and it is the role of government to help make that happen.”

District 1 was one of many areas affected by the flash flooding in Metro Louisville. It was a flood that caused major damage because areas that typically do not flood were affected.

In given the Perseverance Award, the SBA noted the leadership role the Councilwoman took in reassuring residents that help was on the way from local, state and federal agencies. Green was instrumental in coordinating efforts between the public and private sector in picking up debris.

The SBA highlighted her meetings with residents that included FEMA officials to explain assistance available.

“Many times the frustration of an individual is all the more reason to do everything that one can do to help,” said Green.

Green, along with Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21), co chaired a special ad hoc committee on the flash flooding. As a result of that committee’s visibility and information, more than 500 residents of District 1 have agreed to have back flow systems installed in their homes by the Metropolitan Sewer District. The Committee also reviewed MSD’s future plans for handling flash flooding and other drainage problems in the area.

“While I appreciate this award, let us hope that our citizens never have to deal with such a tragedy again, said Green.

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