FEMA Funding Awarded for Wayne County Flood Damage

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday announced federal flood recovery monies for Wayne County, enabling long-term hazard mitigation measures to move forward for homes repeatedly damaged by flooding in Spring Valley.

“I am glad this funding has finally arrived and will help families move into safer, healthier homes,” said Rahall.  “The water left but the heartache continues; now these citizens have the means to restore their life.”

The $1.7 million project comprises the acquisition and demolition of fourteen repetitively damaged residences located within the FEMA-identified Special Flood Hazard Area.  The properties will be deed restricted as open space in perpetuity and will help to restore the natural functions of the floodplain.

The funding includes a $1.2 million Hazard Mitigation Grant awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of West Virginia, with the State providing the remaining $500,000.  The assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued in May 2009, which makes federal funding available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties within the state.

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