Boston, MA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Maine have awarded $290,152 in Public Assistance (PA) funding to the City of Lewiston, ME to make repairs to a sewer line that was damaged during the heavy storm event that began late March 2000. FEMA will provide $217,614 in federal funding with matching local contributions of $72,538.
During the storm event, heavy water flow caused bricks in the combined sewer and storm drain to dislodge and plug the channel. Excavation was conducted to uncover the sewer conduit. While inspecting the location of the blockage, it was determined that the remaining portions of the sewer were cracked and in danger of dislodging, causing the complete failure of this section of the combined sanitary/storm sewer system.
"The Public Assistance grant awarded to the City of Lewiston will be used to restore full sanitary service to the users of the system," stated Setti D. Warren, Regional Director for FEMA Region I. "This project will also separate this area of combined system to prevent future back-ups and flooding caused by high peak inflow from storm events," added Warren.
Funding to the City of Lewiston, Department of Public Works, Water and Sewer Division was made possible through a PA grant. The public assistance grant was made available as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration for this storm event. The purpose of FEMA's Public Assistance Program is to provide funding, up to 75% of the total cost, to restore damaged facilities to their pre-disaster conditions or to a condition sufficient to perform their pre-disaster functions.