DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today a federal grant for the State of Montana that makes more than $1 million available to Lewis and Clark County for a flood mitigation project. The project is in north Helena, in an area that has sustained residential flood damage multiple times including this year.
A FEMA grant was approved earlier for mitigation work in the area, however, further research and hydrological studies showed additional work would be needed to complete the project in a way that ensures successful mitigation from future flooding. The project includes drainage improvements with wider, deeper drains, a retention basin, and culvert upgrades.
A “change in scope” request was submitted to FEMA through the State of Montana, and has been approved for an additional $1,040,664.00, for a total of $1,587,109.00 in federal funds. The remaining costs of $529,036 will be covered by Lewis and Clark County.
The funding is provided through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which helps communities implement hazard mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.