Thomas Jefferson Planning District receives grant to reduce future flood risks in Town of Columbia

May 10, 2016  //  

RICHMOND, Va. – Four residential properties in flood-prone areas of the Town of Columbia in Fluvanna County will be acquired and demolished to reduce future flood damages with approximately $150,000 from a federal grant administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). The Commonwealth and the Town of Columbia have agreed to provide $40,000 and $10,000, respectively, to cover the remaining project costs.

“These funds will protect vulnerable homes by reducing or even eliminating the effects of repeated flooding,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “We partner with each locality to protect lives and property through these grants.”



Project Cost

Federal Award

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Acquisition of four properties



The four properties to be acquired on St. James Street in the town of Columbia involve completely removing the homes and converting the land into open space. These actions reduce future flood damages to properties and overall flood risk to the community. The project must be completed by September 2017.

VDEM received this funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program as a result of the August 2011 earthquake in Louisa County. Once received, the agency then awards funds for the eligible projects that were submitted by localities throughout the state as part of the grant process. Participation in any FEMA funded mitigation grant is voluntary.

For more information about FEMA’s flood mitigation programs, visit and



Contact Information:
Name: Dawn Eischen
Phone: (804)  897-9730 or (804) 674-2400
Address: 10501 Trade Court | Richmond, Virginia | 23226

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