Boston, MA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Maine have joined to announce an award of $72,500 in hazard mitigation funding for the Town of Thorndike, ME in Waldo County. FEMA will provide $54,375 in federal funding with matching local contributions of $18,125. Funding will be used to make sustainable improvements to Berry Road.
The bridge, where Hall Brook and Berry Road intersect, was damaged by ice and frost in winter months. As a result, this restricts the flow of water in Hall Brook, causing Berry Road to flood during spring thaw and heavy storm events. The proposed project will replace the existing bridge with a multiplate culvert to handle the rising water level. This will eliminate the recurrent flooding problems and will allow normal flow of traffic year-round.
"Helping communities become disaster-resistant is a high priority for FEMA. I am glad to see that many communities have supported and accomplished preventive measures like the Berry Road Improvement Project," said Setti D. Warren, Regional Director of FEMA Region I in Boston. "These grants ensure that the future costs and impacts of disasters are lessened for communities with similar hazards," added Warren.
Funding for the Berry Road Improvement Project was made available through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Its purpose is to provide funding, up to 75% of the total cost, for the implementation of cost-effective measures that reduce or eliminate damage and risk from the effects of natural disasters.