ATLANTA – The City of Huntsville in Alabama will receive $5,251,545 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund drainage improvement projects along Dallas Branch and Pinhook Creek.
The $5.2 million grant is the initial installment of federal funding approved to commence Phase II construction of a hazard mitigation project totaling $15,908,622. The federal funds approved for the implementation of the project total approximately $14,954,105, or 94% of the total project. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.
The improvements include channel widening, culvert modifications, a detention basin, and construction of a high flow diversion channel. The level of protection as a result of the proposed improvements would significantly reduce damages to over 594 structures during the 100-year flood frequency.
This grant is funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides funds to state agencies and local governments. HMGP projects reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from the effects of natural hazards by breaking the repetitive cycle of destruction and reconstruction.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.