Apr 08 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $2.9 MILLION FOR BIRMINGHAM FLOOD DISASTER PREVENTION

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that Alabama will receive a $2,946,569 from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with flood disaster prevention projects in three flood-prone Birmingham neighborhoods.

The federal funds are part of FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, which provides funding assistance to state and local governments for pre-disaster planning and projects. The program aims to reduce overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing the need for actual disaster declarations and relief.

The afflicted areas are in the Valley Creek flood plain and include the neighborhoods of Princeton, Roosevelt City and Graymont. The city will purchase the residential properties which are the most susceptible to repetitive flood damage and assist the current residents in relocating out of the flood plain area.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that FEMA has awarded these funds so we may reduce the risk of flood damages and loss of life in the future. These Birmingham neighborhoods have seen tremendous damage over the past half-century from frequent flooding.”

In total, $3.9 million will be available for these projects including $982,189 which will be paid by the city.