Boston, MA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Maine today announced an award of $137,901 in hazard mitigation funding to the Town of Albion, ME in Kennebec County for the Pratt Brook Drainage Project. FEMA is contributing $103,425 in federal funding with matching local contributions of $34,476.
Severe rains have washed out part of Quaker Hill Road, requiring extensive repair after each event. These storms have rendered the road impassable, thereby blocking access to traveling Route 202. The effects of these storms are also compounded by poor drainage, which have caused direct damage to 4 adjacent properties, as well as into Pratt Brook.
The objective of this project is to raise the road with additional gravel and repave it to create a more stable surface. The Town also proposes to replace three existing culverts with a rip-rap ditch for a more suitable drainage environment.
This grant was made as a result of a State initiative through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) designed to break the cycle of damage and repair in areas prone to disaster by funding projects that lessen the damage from future events.
"The State of Maine has made tremendous efforts in applying preventive measures to reduce the impacts of natural disasters, such as significant storm water and drainage improvements and several home buy-out projects," said Setti D. Warren, Regional Director for FEMA Region I. " Projects like these provide long-term sustainability solutions to the repetitive flooding problems that occurs after every storm event," added Warren.