CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $746,077 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the Village of Ottawa, Oh., for the acquisition and demolition of nine residential structures and the acquisition of one adjacent vacant parcel located in the Blanchard River floodplain.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of losing lives and property,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “The acquisition of these homes permanently removes the structures from the floodplain and greatly reduces the financial impact on individuals and the community when future flooding occurs in this area.”
“Federal funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program allows Ohio to continue with important mitigation projects such as this, which aids in the reduction of property damage caused by repetitive flooding,” said Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $994,769 eligible project cost. The remaining 25 percent of the funds, $248,692, will be provided by the State of Ohio and the Village of Ottawa.
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