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FEMA-funded Project Helps Protect 200 Utah Homes

Residents in a City of North Ogden neighborhood will receive protection from future flash flooding and mudslides, thanks to a mitigation project designed and constructed by the City and funded largely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation program is providing the State of Utah and the City of North Ogden  an opportunity to address a natural disaster risk that has haunted the community for nearly 100 years. The project involves building a flash flood and debris catch basin at the mouth of North Ogden canyon, which will protect an estimated 600 residents from the historic threat of flooding.

Residents of North Ogden still remember the rainy Saturday afternoon in 1991 that led to the worst flooding in history for Weber County. According to local news reports at the time, an estimated 1,200 homes were damaged, scores of people were evacuated, and roads in the Cameron Cove neighborhood were buried under tons of rock and mud.  To add another layer of misery, raw sewage backed up into homes and then out into the streets.

Flooding events have occurred in the same area dating as far back as 1923 when severe storms caused widespread damaged and left seven people dead. The City of North Ogden flash flood/runoff project will be designed to minimize damage from future storms.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.1 million dollars; FEMA is funding nearly $900,000 of the cost through a 75-25 cost-share agreement. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 with completion by 2020.

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