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Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Wall
Henry County Receives Grant to Reduce Future Flood Risks at Wastewater Treatment Plant
RICHMOND, Va. – Henry County will receive more than $62,000 from federal grants administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to improve flood control measures at the Lower Smith River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Axton. Funding for this project is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The proposed project includes extending the existing earthen berm around the perimeter of the facility. Engineers will measure the existing berm to determine resources needed to complete the improvement project. In addition, a backflow device will be installed in the existing storm drains to keep water from flooding the facility. Henry County has until May 2018 to complete the project.
“This plant has received damage due to storms on at least six occasions since 2000,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “This improvement project should strengthen the facility’s ability to withstand flooding and subsequent service disruptions in the event of a major storm.”
According to Henry County, the Lower Smith River Wastewater Treatment Plant provides service to 6,000 residents, 1,000 businesses, 500 public buildings and 500 facilities to include schools, hospitals and churches.
For more information about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971