CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released $2,576,475 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the Village of Hinsdale, Ill., for the proposed Graue Mill Condominium Complex stormwater improvement project. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />
The project includes installing several berms and backflow valves, elevating existing floodwalls, improving storm sewers and creating a new stormwater detention pond.
“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property,” said Andrew Velasquez III, regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “The completion of this project will reduce flood damage and lessen the financial impact on individuals and the community when future flooding occurs in this area.”
"After the spring floods last year, this project was redesigned to provide protection against the higher floodwaters that were experienced," said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. "When complete, this project should provide much-needed peace of mind to residents who have been affected by flooding in the past."
HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay $2,576,475 or 75 percent of the project’s total cost. The Graue Mill Homeowners Association will contribute 25 percent of the remaining funds, or $858,825.
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