SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The City of Simi Valley will receive nearly $2.7 million in federal funds aimed at reducing the risk of future flood damage. Announcement of the grant award, for construction of the North Simi and the Dry Creek detention basins, was made today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The grant is from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Seismic-related funds through the program were made available as a result of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Although flood control is the obvious aim with this grant, earthquake and other natural hazards - especially in light of Simi Valley's seismically active location - were also considered.
Both basin projects are included in the City's 1990 Master Plan of Drainage and are designed to provide temporary storage for storm waters. They would serve, respectively, the Sand Canyon and Dry Canyon tributary drainage areas.
"We applaud Simi Valley for its efforts to protect the community through these projects," said Martha Whetstone, regional director of FEMA Region IX, which includes California.
The total cost of the two basin projects is $2,667,000, 75 percent of which will be covered by FEMA funding.