Jul 26 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $2.4 MILLION FOR BIRMINGHAM FLOOD RELIEF

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that the City of Birmingham will receive $2,490,315 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with flood disaster prevention in the Collegeville and St. Marks neighborhoods of the Village Creek floodplain.

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 individuals and structures, while also reducing the need for actual disaster declarations and relief.

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 from frequent flooding, and I believe this project will help to mitigate future damage.

In total, $3,691,440 will be available for these projects including $1,201,125 which will be paid by the city.