February 25, 2008
Money will help prevent future natural disasters
WATERBURY – Five Vermont communities have been awarded grants totaling more than $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the purpose of preventing future natural disasters, Governor Jim Douglas announced today.
Governor Douglas said the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funds to cities and towns for the purposes of repairing conditions that could lead to a flood or other natural disaster. These projects range in scope from replacing culverts and raising the elevation of roadways to prevent floodwaters from spilling over, to improving ways of melting ice jams.
“Floods and other disasters can cause significant damage to a community and these grants play an important part in reducing the hazard of future events. These grants will help communities minimize future risks and costly damage,” the Governor said.
Every town in Vermont was eligible because of federally declared disasters in 2007. A committee from Vermont Emergency Management, the Agency of Natural Resources, and local planning commissions prioritized the projects and recommended the winning proposals to FEMA.
“The communities that requested funding put an enormous effort into the application process by preparing and adopting hazard mitigation plans, and identifying their most vulnerable areas that needed protection from future potential disasters,” Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Tremblay said. “We looked at incidents over the past year and also areas that have a history of disaster and recommended those sites for funds.”
Final approval for the projects comes from the federal government; Barre has been approved and the others are likely to soon follow. The federal funds will cover 75 of all projects while local governments will pay for the remaining 25.
“Two communities with high profile natural disasters in the last year, Barre and Montpelier, received significant grants to assist with properties that were damaged or threatened,” said Barbara Farr, Vermont Emergency Management Director. “The City of Montpelier will be able to provide a solution to keep the Winooski River from freezing up as it did last winter, and reduce the threat to the downtown area.”
The list of projects:
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP):
City of Montpelier:
Ice Jam/Flood Mitigation for extension of WW discharge point
Total project costs: $ 582,800
Federal share: $437,100
Property Acquisition/Route 302 Mitigation Site
Remediation Total project costs: $435,793
Federal share: $326,845
River Road Elevation for Flood Mitigation
Total project costs: $272,000
Federal share: $204,000
Total project costs: $113,250
Federal share: $84,937
Perley Road Culvert Upgrade
Total project costs: $106,000
Federal share: $79,500
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: February 25, 2008 15:33:12