02.07.20

Capito’s Subcommittee Provides Additional Funds for Flood Mitigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced a $1,922,410 grant to Wood County for the acquisition and demolition of 11 flood-prone residential structures impacted by severe storms, flooding, and landslides. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the federal government share is 100 percent of the project cost. FEMA is funded through Senator Capito’s Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and she most recently spoke with FEMA Administrator Gaynor last week where she reiterated her focus on recovery efforts.

“As we continue to rebuild from the devastating 2016 flooding, it is important to keep in mind possible future disasters,” Chairman Capito said. “I am pleased to see another project that I am able to support through my chairmanship, especially one that enables residents in the floodplain in Happy Valley along the Little Kanawha River to have the opportunity to seek safer residences, reducing potential future loss of life and property. I will continue to work with FEMA to see that West Virginia not only receives necessary funds to rebuild our communities, but also resources to take critical mitigation measures for our future.”

BACKGROUND:

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is funded through FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Following a presidential disaster declaration, HMGP funds are distributed to take sustainable actions alongside reconstruction efforts to ensure reduction or elimination of long-term risk to people and private or public property. Following the flattening of the 11 structures, the land area in Wood County will be conserved and maintained in perpetuity, functioning as natural floodplain. 

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