VDEM Press Release

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Richmond, Virginia 23226


June 9, 2015

CONTACT: Matt Wall 
(804) 897-9973

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


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