Monday, February 15, 2010

GEMA Distributes Hazard Mitigation Assistance Funds to Douglasville – Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), on behalf of Governor Sonny Perdue, recently reimbursed Douglasville – Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority $438,121.45 for costs associated with the acquisition and demolition of six properties. The total approved cost is $1,276,127 with a federal share of $957,095 and a local share of $127,612.

“These improvements will pay major dividends in terms of reducing flooding and destruction in this area,” said GEMA Director Charley English. “Additionally, it will reduce future flood insurance claims and thereby reducing the financial obligation of federal, state and local governments.”

The funding is a part of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 1686 which was declared a Presidential Disaster on March 3, 2007. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program, which funds to state agencies and local governments for projects that 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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