San Francisco, CA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX and Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn announced today that the Carson Water Subconservancy District of Douglas County, Nevada has been approved to receive a $36, 208 grant for an alluvial fan flood-warning project. The federal funds-which represent 72% of the project's $50,570 cost-will come from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The project involves installing three precipitation gauges, one in each of three drainage areas on the east slope of the Pine Nuts area in Douglas County. The three drainage areas are Buckbrush Wash, Bismark Peak, and Pine Nut Ridge. A base weather station and associated computer software for the Douglas County Emergency Operations Center also are funded by the grant. The project will help reduce the risk of flood damage to structures located in the lower reaches of the three washes.
"We are pleased to make these funds available to the State of Nevada," said FEMA's Acting Regional Director Karen Armes. "The Hazard Mitigation Grant funding is a benefit following the severe flood damage, which occurred in Clark County during the July 1999 summer thunderstorms." To date, $896,669 have been award to the state for projects ranging from $36,208 to $423, 306.
"Citizens benefit immensely when hazard mitigation is built into the emergency management system," said Frank Siracusa, Chief, Nevada Division of Emergency Management. "None of us can stop a disaster from happening but we can take steps to keep ourselves from becoming victims."