Mar 16 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION FOR THE JEFFERSON COUNTY MITIGATION PROJECT

WASHINGTON, D. C.– U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that Jefferson County will receive $1 million for the Jefferson County Mitigation Project, which will help reduce damage that may result from future disasters and severe weather. This grant will be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The project includes the acquisition and demolition of 21 primary and alternate properties in Jefferson County. All of the properties included in this project have been substantially damaged in the May, 2003 flood, are in the Floodplain or Floodway, and in danger of flooding in the future if left untouched. The land will be maintained by Jefferson County, the City the project is located in, or by a public Land Trust.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is state-administered, with projects funded by setting aside federal funds in an amount equal to 7.5 percent of total assistance distributed during a disaster. FEMA will allocate $1 million toward the total cost, with Jefferson County providing the matching funds and other costs associated with the project.

Sen. Shelby said, “This project will aid efforts of Jefferson County to address flooding issues through mitigation and higher regulatory standards in order to prevent future flooding. I am pleased that it will remove property from harm’s way and better equip Jefferson County to be prepared for future severe weather.”

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