CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved $4,106,484 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Pine County, Minn., for the acquisition and demolition of 32 homes.
“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property,” said Andrew Velasquez III, regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “The acquisition of these homes permanently removes the structures from the floodplain and greatly reduces the financial impact on individuals and the community when future flooding occurs in this area.”
The Pine County homes that are eligible for acquisition were substantially damaged during a flash flood in June 2012which resulted in a major disaster declaration.
“Property acquisition projects in flood-prone areas, like Pine County, greatly reduce repetitive damage in the years ahead,” said Kris Eide, director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM). “Local officials and residents in Pine County have worked hard to make this grant possible and we’ll continue to work with them as the acquisition process unfolds.”
HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay $4,106,484 or 75 percent of the project’s total cost. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will contribute 25 percent of the remaining funds, or $1,368,828. HSEM will administer the grant.
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.