Boston, MA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Maine have awarded Hazard Mitigation grants to two communities in the State of Maine. The City of Bath, ME received $25,074, and the Town of East Machias, ME received $12,600. These grants are funding the Riprap Replacement project in the City of Bath and a drainage project in the Town of East Machias.
The City of Bath, ME wants to eliminate repetitive losses and provide a long-term solution to the continual erosion to the shoreline. In the past year, 3 to 4 feet of the embankment has eroded due to storm conditions. The area that the City is mitigating is located on the South end of the Waterfront Park in downtown Bath.
The Town of East Machias, ME will replace the drainage system along Chase Mill Road near the outlet of Gardner Lake. The existing culvert is insufficient to handle the volume of water during a storm event and the spring snowmelt runoffs. This has created significant erosion problems. This project will mitigate against damages to and closure of Chase Mill Road and surrounding properties and will minimize the silting of Chase Mill Stream.
"We are working very closely with the State of Maine to help the communities in Maine rebuild smarter and reduce the effects of flooding and storm events throughout the State. These mitigation projects are positive steps towards becoming disaster-resistant," said Setti D. Warren, Regional Director of FEMA Region I. "We want to end the cycle of damage and repair after every storm event for the communities of Maine. By doing this, we save the time, the effort, and the money that it takes to recover from a disaster," added Warren.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. FEMA funds up to 75% of the eligible costs of each project.