Commonwealth receives more than $2.2 million in pre-disaster and flood mitigation grants

July 9, 2015  //  

VDEM Press Release

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July 9, 2015

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Commonwealth receives more than $2.2 million in pre-disaster and flood mitigation grants

RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), has received more than $2.2 million from federal grants to award to requesting localities as part of their pre-disaster mitigations programs. 

“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.”

VDEM received this funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the FY 2014 Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant programs. Once received, VDEM then awards funds for the eligible projects that were submitted by localities throughout the state as part of the grant process.

The following have been awarded funds for hazard mitigation planning, property acquisition or elevation. The four properties to be elevated involve physically raising the existing structure to the base flood elevation level or higher. The 11 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.



Award Amount

Performance Period

Commonwealth Regional Council

Commonwealth Regional Planning District Commission Hazard Mitigation Plan Update




Through Sept. 2016

West Piedmont Regional Council

West Piedmont Planning District Commission All Hazards Plan Update


Through Sept. 2016

Town of Cleveland (Russell County)

Acquisition of 6 properties


Through Sept. 2016

City of Salem

Acquisition of 1 property


Through Sept. 2016

City of Chesapeake

Acquisition of 4 properties


Through Sept. 2017

Northumberland County

Elevation of 1 property


Through Sept. 2017

City of Poquoson

Elevation of 3 properties


Through Sept. 2017

Total Awarded: $2,224,568.50 

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

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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund