DHSEM, FEMA announce more than $1 million in grant funding for Flood Control Project


CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has been awarded $1,073,250 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for use on the first phase of a flood control project in the City of Wellsburg in Brooke County.
This grant funding, in response to the June 2016 Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, is part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The purpose of HMGP is to enact mitigation measures reducing the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.
The grant award funds Phase I of the flood control project by increasing the capacity of four sewer lines and rerouting water and debris around and through the city and to the river. The proposed system will allow travel to be maintained throughout Wellsburg during and after rain events.
“This funding not only helps Wellsburg reduce future damages due to flooding, but it also allows post-disaster resources to be redirected,” said DHSEM Director Mike Todorovich. “This is a major step toward making the people in the Wellsburg community safer in the long-run.”
The flood control project will be done in phases. Phase I includes, but is not limited to, surveying, engineering, designing, plans preparation, permitting and bidding for the proposed project. Phase II will be approved once fully developed plans are completed and a satisfactory review is received.
HMGP is one of the many voluntary grant programs available following a disaster. HMGP is funded by FEMA and managed in West Virginia by DHSEM.
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For more information, contact the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Public Information Officer Lora D. Lipscomb at: (304) 558-5380 or email: lora.d.lipscomb@wv.gov.

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Lora Lipscomb, WVDHSEM Public Information Officer