SEATTLE, Wash. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $1,118,672 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding to Washington State for acquiring the Riverside Mobile Home Park in the City of Snoqualmie. According to Acting FEMA Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger, HMPG funds may be used to protect either public or private property, or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.
“The goal of this project is to permanently eliminate the risk to people from flooding by purchasing repetitively flooded and substantially damaged properties, and relocating the current residents to new housing,” said Hunsinger. “The acquired structures will be demolished and the site restored and retained as permanent open space.”
FEMA is contributing 75 percent of the $1,441,563 total project cost. The Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) administers the grant and will pass the funding through to King County’s Water and Land Resources Division. The grant will acquire the 20 mobile home spaces and other structures currently located within the FEMA-mapped floodway on the left bank of the Snoqualmie River. Washington State and King County will split the remaining 25 percent of costs.
According to Hunsinger, the county submitted the project for consideration under HMGP to Washington State in the wake of the January 2009 floods. “King County has a comprehensive flood hazard mitigation strategy and is working diligently to reduce flood risk,” said Hunsinger. “Coupled with our other mitigation efforts, this project is of one of the largest home acquisition projects in the Pacific Northwest to date.”
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