SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $1,074,428 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD). The funds will be passed through to Pierce County to acquire, demolish and restore the sites of five flood-damaged properties in the Lower Puyallup River Riverside and Clear Creek area (south of SR 167 and west of the City of Puyallup). According to FEMA Regional Administrator Kenneth Murphy, Pierce County submitted the project for consideration under the HMGP to Washington State in the wake of the January 2009 floods.
“Pierce County has a comprehensive flood hazard mitigation strategy and is working diligently to reduce flood risk to their residents,” said Murphy. “The goal of this project is to permanently eliminate the risk to people from flooding by purchasing repetitively flooded and substantially damaged properties. The acquired structures will be demolished and the site restored and retained as permanent open space.”
“Our goal is to make our state disaster resistant,” said Jim Mullen, director of the Washington Emergency Management Division. “This federal grant helps finance a project that will eliminate future flood damage to these properties and get us another step closer to our goal.”
FEMA is contributing 75 percent of the $1,432,570 total project cost. Pierce County will contribute half of the required matching funds from cash reserves, with WEMD, which administers the program in Washington State, providing the remainder. The HMGP provides funding for cost-effective projects designed to prevent damage and injuries in future disasters.
Property acquisition projects are one of many forms of hazard mitigation assistance available through FEMA programs and present a critical opportunity to reduce the risk to individuals and property that can be caused by future disasters. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-hmgp.
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