FEMA Approves $1.8 Million Mitigation Grant for Mathews County

July 7, 2015  //  

VDEM Press Release

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Richmond, Virginia 23226

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 7, 2015

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FEMA Approves $1.8 Million Mitigation Grant for Mathews County

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has received final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that Mathews County will receive nearly $1.8 million in flood mitigation grant funding made available following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This brings the total grant funding for various Department of Homeland Security and FEMA mitigation projects in Mathews County to more than $6.8 million since 2007.

The $1,774,360 million grant is part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The project involves the elevation of nine properties and the acquisition of two properties. The nine properties to be elevated involve physically raising the existing structure to the base flood elevation level or higher. The two properties to be acquired 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.

Participation in any FEMA funded mitigation grant is voluntary. Mathews County has until Aug. 2016 to complete this project with the potential for a time extension, if required.

For more information about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.

 

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