DENVER – FEMA has announced a federal grant for the City of Fargo that will make $3.6 million for work to mitigate the Fargo Water Treatment Plant and Pump Station against flooding from the Red River.
The project includes construction of a short section of floodwall to extend flood protection for the Water Treatment Plant and surrounding community. The project will raise and extend the operating floor of the plant above the 500-year floodplain elevation and relocate electrical equipment to the dry side of the new floodwall. The improvements will provide protection for the facility and enable continued service to the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, Oxbow, and other surrounding communities.
“This project will help protect critical infrastructure during a flood event, allowing area communities to continue to function,” said FEMA Region 8 Administrator Lee dePalo.
Funding is provided through FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, which is designed to assist states, U.S. territories, federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on federal funding in future disasters. The FEMA grant accounts for the 75 percent federal cost share for the nearly $4.8 million project. The remaining costs will be paid by the City of Fargo.
Additional information about FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program.