OAKLAND, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $1.8 million grant to the city of Moreno Valley to install a storm drain system that will reduce flooding to the area and preserve a critical transportation link in the event of a large flood.
Historically, strong storms have flooded and severely eroded channels along public streets and public and private property. Continued flooding over susceptible roadways causes severe traffic delays and road closures, interrupting public services and delaying emergency response.
Grant funds will help the city construct an underground storm drain system to direct water away from the freeway and into a detention basin that safely collects the excess precipitation.
The $2.5 million project includes a $1.8 million grant from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), with the remaining $625,000 from non-federal sources.
FEMA’s HMGP helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities, and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs. In the past 31 years, FEMA has invested more than $1.4 billion to reduce disaster risk in California.
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