FEMA Awards $5.2 M to Huntsville for Drainage Improvements at Dallas Branch and Pinhook Creek

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.

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