Today, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) joined a bipartisan group of Great Lakes Senators to ensure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers aids in repair of Great Lakes ports, harbors, and waterways that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including the repair of the Cleveland Harbor's breakwater and for dredging of the Harbor.
"Hurricane Sandy hit Ohio hard, especially along Lake Erie, causing considerable damage to the Cleveland Harbor and the Great Lakes waterways and lost economic activity," Portman said. "The requested funds would be used to help repair Cleveland's breakwater and for dredging so that the shoreline and Port of Cleveland are protected against future storms, ensuring robust commerce through the Port."
The federal government has set aside over $800 million for the Army Corps for the express purpose of repairing harbor damage related to Hurricane Sandy. By the Army Corps' own estimates, Sandy resulted in $17.7 million in damage on the Great Lakes, including $12.1 million of damage along the Cleveland breakwater and $240,000 in storm-related dredging in the Cleveland Harbor.
In addition to Portman, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Carl Levin (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Al Franken (D-MN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) signed the letter.